Palms in Brazil: natives and exotics.
This book is a guide to the identification and cultivation of palms in Brazil. It starts with a short introduction to the botany and silviculture of the family, and is then arranged in 2 main parts, the first (pp. 17-149) covering the 132 native Brazilian species (but excluding a few from the western Amazonian region), and the second (pp. 151-303) covering 152 introduced species (with the exclusion of recent introductions and species which have not established or adapted well). Each of the 2 main parts presents species descriptions in alphabetical order, giving details of their common names and synonyms, botanical characteristics, occurrence and habitat in Brazil (for native species) and country of origin (for exotics), use and silvicultural characteristics, and propagation. Three colour plates are given for each species, showing the whole plant, shoots and fruits. A short glossary of technical terms and indexes to common and scientific names are included.