and Cycads beyond the Tropics
By Keith Boyer
Published by Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia, Milton, Queensland,
Reviewed by Max Goodey
the revival of interest in palms that has taken place in the past
10 years, an authoritative, well illustrated and reasonably priced
book was required for the enthusiast.
This volume is all that.
It deals with palms and cycads that grow outside the tropics from
which choices can be made. The question of availability is another
matter and serious growers should join the Palm and Cycad Society
of New Zealand which has a seed list offering many of the species
so well illustrated in this book.
There is evidence of
much research involved in presenting the range of palms and cycads,
their characteristics, cultivation, hardiness to cold and pest and
disease control. The section on climate I found difficult to follow
and I would certainly not rate Auckland and Sydney roughly equal.
Auckland is cooler and wetter than Sydney and has much more clay
soil areas and long, cold, wet winters with strong south-west winds
in comparison to Sydney's warmer temperatures for longer periods
and essentially sandy soils. In New Zealand the microclimate is
of much more importance than it is in Sydney.
Minor irritations noted
include incorrectly hyphenating "gaudichaudia" as a species name
and the frequent use of "however" as a conjunction. These apart,
the book is an excellent, portable book for the palm and cycad enthusiast
and, as such, is highly recommended.
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