One Book

Paul Christian paul at RAREPLANTS.CO.UK
Sun Jul 5 21:36:33 CEST 1998

Ray, All,

Unless the Pradhan book has gone out of print very quickly, I think that it
is still in print, but as the revised 1997 edition.

There are some errors most notably I suppose the "erubescens" that Guy has
shown is concinnum , and others, but even the most erudiye works have

More importantly though, is that at the end of reading and re-reading it,
you know more about Arisaemas than you did at the start, so it achieves its

Where else will you find out about Arisaema album, vexillatum or
petiolulatum ?  The key is very useful and I have started to get this on
line, but as yet it needs more  illustrations (the on-line one) so I won't
pass on the URL yet.  

At 14:04 05/07/98 -0400, you wrote:
>There is only one book on Arisaema, so the choice is a no-brainer. The
>problem is it's out of print and very hard to find.
>"Himalayan Cobra-Lilies (Arisaema) Their Botany and Culture", Udai C.
>Pradhan, Primulacae Books, Kalimpong, India, 1990, ISBN 81-85423-00-8.
>Peter Boyce has pointed out there some flaws in Pradhan, but then what
>book doesn't have a few.
>Timber Press expressed an interest in doing a Monograph on Arisaema, but
>when we found them an author that could produce a book like Boyce's
>"Arum", they claimed to want a more "popular" approach. We need the
>thorough book, not an expanded magazine article.
>The best one can do now is seek out the articles in the AEG Bibliography,
>some are available from AEG. The best picture of the genus is in Flora of
>China, Flora of Japan, and the papers on Indian and African species plus,
>of course, Huttleston's treatise on the American species.
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