Books about Chile's plants

Pacific Rim
Thu, 29 Jan 2004 13:30:58 PST
Jane McGary suggests that the NARGS book service might do us a great favor
by stocking a series of books about the flora of Chile.

I would buy the books if they were offered. Perhaps other members of these
lists could signal their interest, too.

Jan Slater, who runs the NARGS book service, has been very helpful in other
situations. Public comments from her would be welcome, too.

Paige Woodward
on top of Chilliwack Mountain
in southwest British Columbia
wet Zone 6

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jane McGary" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 1:21 PM
Subject: [pbs] Chilean plant guide

> Following is an excerpt from an article I'm writing for the Rock Garden
> Quarterly. Since I was first made aware of the books discussed through a
> posting on this forum, I thought I would follow up with this for those who
> may also have become interested in these titles. Note that this volume of
> the series is for the southern part of Chile, where there are only a few
> bulbs, mostly Rhodophiala species of higher elevations; I assume the
> earlier volume for the Central Zone has more bulbs, and I will make every
> effort to acquire it.
> ---
>              My newest acquisition in this line is a two-volume set, Flora
> nativa de valor ornamental: Identificación y propagación, Chile, Zona Sur
> [Native plants of ornamental value: Identification and propagation, Chile,
> Southern Zone], by Paulina Riedemann and Gustavo Aldunate (Editorial
> Bello, Carmen 8, 4th floor, Santiago; 2003; ISBN 956-13-1826-1). The
> authors previously published a similarly titled single volume, Zona Centro
> (2001), which I hope to acquire as well. The Southern Zone is fairly moist
> and cool and has fewer high alpine areas than the rest of Chile, so the
> larger first volume of this set includes many trees and shrubs suitable
> cultivation in the milder parts of North America, as well as climbers,
> perennials, bulbs, hardy bromeliads, and a large group of ferns. The
> are grouped by form; common names are used but botanical names are also
> provided, and the index is good. Each plant has a color photo, range and
> habitat, moderately technical description, and information on garden uses,
> cultivation, propagation, conservation status, and "where to see it." The
> remarks on propagation reflect obvious practical knowledge, especially
> about growing from seed. The smaller companion volume (the two come in a
> heavy plastic case), subtitled Rutas y senderos [Roads and trails], will
> seized upon with cries of joy by botanical travelers, because it describes
> about fifty hiking trails and car routes of great botanical interest,
> including access information even whether an ordinary car can manage the
> road plant lists (common names), length in kilometers and time (probably
> not counting photo stops!), and difficulty of trails. Illustrations
> photos of scenes and plants as well as schematic detail maps. I must add
> that I had an awful time acquiring these books, since the publisher
> required me to wire-transfer payment in advance, but it was well worth the
> hassle, so let us hope that the NARGS Book Service can be persuaded to
> stock them.
> Jane McGary
> Northwestern Oregon
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