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The Iris Family: Natural History And Classification

Irises and their relatives are lily-like plants related to the orchid and narcissus families, with whom they share a propensity for large, brightly colored, attractive flowers. Many have longlasting flowers—Iris, Gladiolus, and Freesia are among the most important cut-flower crops in the world. The intricate flowers of the iris family are finely adapted for pollination by a variety of animals, including hummingbirds, sunbirds, beetles, butterflies, moths, wasps, and bees. This intimate connection between flower form and pollination biology reveals how the marvelous range of flower colors, shapes, and scents are vital to the lives of the species. The diversity of Iridaceae is illustrated in more than 200 superb photographs supplemented by expert line drawings. A lifetime of work by the world's expert on Iridaceae is distilled in this definitive account. Botanists, ecologists, naturalists, and gardeners will find this an essential reference.

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Timber Press; 1st edition (November 12, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0881928976

ISBN-13: 978-0881928976

Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.2 x 11.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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This book is very informative but I would only recomend it for an advanced gardener. It is a college level read. It is not for the basic gardener. However I had no idea there were so many kinds of iris. If you are wanting to identify one you have this is probably a book you would want to consider.

No classification at species level. The book is unusefull without it, unless you purchase another boock for each one. Only "gladiolus" from the same autor....94$ minimun Price. Buying books you can't see first isn't usefull and a waste of money

Nice book and highly informative

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