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Ahmed Fayaz has been a collector and grower of tropical plants for over 25 years. He is the co-founder and president of the Maldivian Wildlife Society and is currently working on a doctorate in Plant Systematics at Massey University, New Zealand.
Best Reference Books 2011--Neil Pond"Library Journal" (01/01/2012) This book is an excellent look at the characteristics of the many tropical and subtropical species that avail themselves to horticultural propagation and enjoyment. It is among the first books to group species by the latest phylogenetic categories based on cytogenetic study of the included groups and species.... The audience for this reference work falls somewhere between the plant enthusiast and the botanist. It is reasonably priced and will fit well into any library's general botanical collection.-- (12/15/2011) One expects great photography in a Firefly title, but more than 3000 color photos in one book--yowza! Fayaz presents in this decade-long labor of love the fruit of his lifelong interest in tropical flora... This is likely to become the standard guide for tropical plants. Essential for botany and horticulture students, growers, and researchers.-- (11/15/2011) A huge instant classic. It arranges the species in family order (called phylogenetic), rather than by the usual alphabetical genus name. This is unique in a book so large and makes identification and comparison of similar plants much easier.-- (12/20/2011) This encyclopedia will become the standard reference book on tropical plants. The research for this volume was a mammoth task, using the latest nomenclature and plant systematics to develop a comprehensive and useful text. The plants are arranged according to evolutionary order, rather than alphabetically by generic name, so that the identification and comparison of similar plants is easier. Thousands of color photographs help to illustrate the major features of the plants described.-- (03/01/2012) The pictures in this most recent guide to tropical plants are jaw dropping. Just as anyone can be overwhelmed with the beauty of a tropical forest or garden, the reader is overwhelmed with the gorgeous pictures in this book.... What makes this book especially useful and timely is the arrangement of the plants...by the 2009 Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III.... The description of each plant is what a serious plant scientist expects, yet it is also useful for the layperson... The glossary and indexes for both common and scientific names are extensive and thorough. This work is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-- (04/01/2012) Fayaz is a collector and grower of tropical plants whose work has taken him from the Maldives mangroves to the orchids of Sri Lanka. Ten years of exploration have resulted in the most comprehensive volume on tropical plants to date, describing more than 3000 species from all of the major groups from mosses, ferns, and nonflowering gymnosperms to spectacular flowering angiosperms that make up 80 percent of all extant plant species on Earth. More than 3000 color photographs aid identification. Simply spectacular.-- (02/28/2012)