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Descriptive Listing of the Various Genera and the Species Most Often Found in Cultivation by Victoria Padilla

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1.DESCRIPTION: The classic large-format reference on Bromeliads
COVER and PAGES: Cloth with original dustjacket. 11 ? in. x 8 ? in. 134 pages
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishers
DATE: 1972
ILLUSTRATIONS: Illustrated with many color and b&w photos
ISBN or LIB CONGRESS: 05175004450

BROMELIADS Descriptive Listing of the Various Genera and the Species Most Often Found in Cultivation by Victoria Padilla.
Pub: NY Crown Pub. Copyright 1976 4th printing so stated. Hardcover 8 1/2" x 11" 134 pages. Illustrated color b&w. Index.

2.By Victoria Padilla. Hard cover with dust jacket 11" x 9", 130 pg. 150 illustrations. Over 500 species. 1973 still in good condition.


Written by VICTORIA PADILLA, With a Foreword by George Kalmbacher Taxonomist and Curator of the Herbarium, Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Published by Crown. 1975, $21.50, 134 pages. This is a cloth covered hardbound book with the dust jacket. This hardbound book is in near new excellent condition. The dust jacket is showing edgewear, see the scans.

150 Illustrations in full color and black and white

BROMELIADS was written to meet the growing demand for literature on this fascinating plant family. It is the only popular book on the subject in English and is the first complete work of its kind to appear in English since 1889. The 500 bromeliad species most often found in cultivation are described in nontechnical language. First discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, bromeliads have been gaining in popularity among plant lovers and horticulturists because of their rare beauty-their leaves and . form equaling, if not surpassing, in beauty the foliage and shape of most other plant families.

Victoria Padilla, an eminent expert in the field, shows how hundreds of bromeliads can be grown successfully without too much effort, easily making the transition from their natural environment to container culture. In fact, according to the author, ''there is probably no group of plants more amenable to the artificial conditions found in the average home and conservatory than those belonging to the bromeliad family.

Superbly illustrated in color and black and white, the book will help both beginning collectors and inveterate gardeners enrich and revitalize their gardens. It will guide them in the selection of those plants most often found in cultivation, available at horticultural establishments, to satisfy their individual tastes. The author describes in fascinating detail the physical appearance of each species and outlines the conditions required for its growth. Miss Padilla gives the countries of origin and description of the native habitat of all the bromeliads, and includes a guide to the pronunciation and origin of the intricate nomenclature. The history of the search for, discovery, and cultivation of these magnificent and unusual plants is one of the most fascinating elements of the book.

BROMELIADS is an extraordinarily complete, infinitely informative work on a subject that has long needed classification and clarification in plant-loving circles. It will prove an invaluable addition to any library and will be of immense help in planning and creating a garden, or in developing an indoor or greenhouse collection.

Victoria Padilla is a horticulturist, writer, lecturer, and professor emeritus in English literature. She has won a number of horticultural awards, was co-founder of The Bromeliad Society, and is editor of its Journal.


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