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Covering some 221 taxa of native and naturalized ferns and fern allies of Hawai'i, this manual provides information on habitat, elevational range, and island distribution following the descriptions of species and infraspecific taxa. Includes technical details for the botanist but is aimed at a general audience, with descriptions limited in most cases to characteristics that can be seen with the naked eye or a 10x hand lens. Designed to help the reader identify Hawaiian ferns, the generic descriptions cover the members of the species in the genera as found in Hawai'i and will, in some cases, be inadequate to describe the genus worldwide. B&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Daniel D. Palmer, a retired dermatologist, has published articles on Hawaiian ferns in the genera Sadleria and Cibotium and is the author or coauthor of papers on other Hawaiian ferns. Past president of the Hawaiian Botanical Society, he has explored many parts of the main Hawaiian Islands in the course of his research.Review:
"A long awaited and much requested manual of the Hawaiian pteridophytes. . . . This manual is well reseached, detailed and comprehensive. It is an essential addition to the library of all those interested in pteridophytes as well as those interested in Hawaiian plants and in island floras."
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