Growing Carnivorous Plants (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/9/15
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With chapters that explore our 'Fascination With Botanical Monsters' and plants' 'Murderous Methods' ... this is a book that will give Little Shop of Horrors a run for its money when it comes to entertainment. -- Marianne Binetti Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20061127 The hundred of photographic portraits of carnivorous plants included in the book are brilliant; there is no fantasy here, it's all real and fascinating, beautiful and bizarre. ... Seeing these plants in their ever-shrinking natural habitat is a revelation. -- Susan Smith-Durisek Lexington Herald-Leader 20061121 A wonderful addition to the coffee table or gardening shelf. -- Lydia Lee California Home & Design 20070501 Essential. -- L. G. Kavaljian Choice 20070501 Rice, certainly the foremost specialist, has written an accessible introduction to the strange and fascinating world of carnivorous plants. SciTech Book News 20071201商品の説明をすべて表示する
While the growing information is not as detailed as texts like D'Amato's 'Savage Garden', it more than makes up for it with information that D'Amato's text lacks. If I had to give an assessment that would be interpretable by fellow CP growers, I would dub this book an amalgam of Slack and D'Amatos books, replete with extremely beautiful color photos and much more of a conservation undertone than previous works on CPs.
This is not a bad thing in any way, as conservation is a chief concern in this day and age, particularly with respect to such rare and beautiful plants. I'm uncertain why this issue has been swept aside or flat out ignored by some authors, but Barry tackles it pretty much head on from the get go and continually reminds the reader of its importance.
I must once again give praise to the high quality photographs in this book. It has, without a doubt, some of the finest photographic exposition of carnivorous plants that I have ever seen.
Finally, Barry blends in humor through many parts of the text and keeps the reader interested. You will move from one chapter to the next not wanting to put the book down, because he manages to draw you in and keep you entertained. It's not to say that other carnivorous plant books do not have this quality, because many of them do, but Barry in particular shines in this area.
Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, because you definitely won't regret it. There is some outstanding information here that is likely not found in other texts, amazing photographs and a writing style that will keep you interested from cover to cover. For anyone interested in carnivorous plants, that should be more than enough reason to plunk down the coin and check this book out. :)
Fast forward to 2006. This book arrived and I was struck by the format. The page size and thickness is virtually identical to Slack's original tome and is a perfectly readable size! MAN, cracking the spine brought back memories. However, this book FAR surpasses Slack's original text in MANY ways: 1) the photographs (and there are MANY!) are all full color!, 2) there is GREAT DETAIL given to cultivation and propagation, 3) a great deal of the text deals with MUCH NEEDED ecological concerns and makes us aware of how quickly, sadly, that these wonderful plants are disappearing from the wild around the world, 4) Updated carnivores and mechanisms of action are included that have been discovered/defined in recent years.
The book begins with a fascinating chapter about the lore of meat-eating plants (e.g., the "man-eating tree of Madagascar", etc...) and natural history, progressing to a suprisingly inclusive tour through the Carnivorous Genuses in alphabetical order, from Aldrovanda to Utricularia, and a special chapter on "Others" which was particularly interesting, including Roridula, Brocchinia, Triphyophyllum, Ibicella, and Proboscidea. The book winds up with chapters on indoor and outdoor cultivation.
I can not stress enough how this book is at the very top of the heap when it comes to books on carnivorous plants. Granted, the genre is fairly small--nevertheless, this book does it all with aplomb. If you only want a "pretty picture" coffee table book, this one is the best. If you want a "real" textbook, this one is a wonderful scientific introduction. If you want to know how to grow these, whether in an indoor terrarium or an outdoor bog, this book will do it for you ("Savage Garden" comes close in covering cultivation techniques and is a bit cheaper). Or, if you're a curious kid discovering these plants and searching for accurate information--you can do no better than here.
All said, this book is by far the best on the subject in its' breadth and scope. I highly recommend it and I thank Mr. Rice wholeheartedly for this labor of love.