Bulbous plants of Turkey and Iran

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 01 Mar 2007 14:22:14 PST
I just received a copy of "Bulbous plants of Turkey and Iran," a 
photographic guide by Peter Sheasby, published by the Alpine Garden Society 
(UK). It can be purchased through their publications service at

I got mine through a pre-publication offer to members at a cost of 27 
pounds, but it probably costs somewhat more now.

This is a softbound, 280-page, midsized book consisting mostly of color 
photographs of the plants, with "bulbous" being interpreted broadly, to 
include tuberous Ranunculaceae and a lot of orchids. The text (in ugly 
typography) consists of brief descriptions of each plant and its typical 

The photos, from numerous contributors, vary in quality but many are quite 
good. Variable species tend to have more than one photo for comparison of 
the variations. The text is not too helpful, though distinctive features 
are sometimes pointed out. If (like me) you were hoping for a book that 
would help you identify the smaller Colchicum species, keep hoping.

Despite the brevity of textual information, this is a book that every 
fancier of hardy bulbs will want.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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