I searched for ages for the single right adjective to describe this book — an almost impossible task, it is so lovely. Sumptuous about does it … this book is a tour de force — chock full of information, beautifully illustrated, meticulously referenced. Huanduj is a monograph in the true sense; a compendium of all known information about a group of organisms. The title may seem a bit obscure to the average reader and might not attract the general buyer of botanical books, but to me it is the icing on the cake. Brugmansias are the wonderful, tropical-looking shrubs and small trees cultivated in the tropics and subtropics year-round, and as summer pot plants in the north temperate zone although, with the changing climate, mine has lived through the winter for several years in a row in London!

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A gardener from the age of three, his scientific interest in tropical plants was inspired by reading the work of the controversial botanist E. Corner as an undergraduate at Oxford. After graduating he lived in Papua New Guinea for several years before returning to Oxford and completing a doctoral thesis about tropical aroids, on which he has since published many papers.

He has a large and not in the least botanical garden on the New South Wales South Coast, and a property in southern Colombia dedicated to the cultivation of rare indigenous Andean plants. Her interest began in the s but it was not until a degenerative eye disease cut short a promising career in management at the age of 36 that it changed from hobby to occupation.

Initially mentored by one of the great pioneers, Mme Herta Blin, she has been raising new Brugmansia hybrids of the finest quality for more than two decades. Her garden in the Vogelsbergkreis in Hessen, Germany, is a magnet for brugmansia-lovers during the fleeting montane growing season. His first thesis was on the extraction and purification of the alkaloids, and he has collected brugmansias from throughout his native Ecuador and further afield.

It not only brings current knowledge together in a refreshingly original way but also — just as importantly — points up what we still do not understand about the biology of these enigmatic plants.

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Barclay R. Andes - Colombia to Ecuador These species are then divided into two natural, genetically isolated groups. Brugmansia section Sphaerocarpium the cold group includes the species arborea, sanguinea, and vulcanicola. Schultes in This was later disproved by crossbreeding experiments done by the Preissels, published in It will not flower until after it has reached this fork, and then only on new growth above the fork. Cuttings taken from the lower vegetative region must also grow to a similar height before flowering, but cuttings from the upper flowering region will often flower at a very low height.


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