it is my great pleasure to inform you about this new book (same size like the Flora) available from Margraf publisher, Germany, in the 1st half of December 07. The price will be 35 Euros.
I imagine that this could be a superb Christmas gift!
Hans Christian Weber graduated with a Master Degree in Biology from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany, in 1974, and completed his PhD in 1976. He worked as a research assistant and assistant lecturer at the University of Ulm (1975-82) and is Professor of Botany at the Philipps University of Marburg since 1982, where he was also Director of the Botanic Garden for 15 years.
Ornamental Plants of Malta is a result of one of his research projects dealing with the Flora of the Maltese Islands. In this book almost all the ornamental plants cultivated in public places in Malta (approximately 450 species), are included. Descriptions of the ornamental plants are complemented by about 600 full-colour photographs, with notes on the flowering time, place of origin and occurrence in Malta, and remarks (e.g. about cultivation details) are included to provide the reader with useful background about certain plants. An invaluable aid for plant lovers, gardeners, students, and teachers, scientists and tourists, and all those interested in learning more about the variety of ornamental plants to be found in Malta and the Mediterranean region.
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I have found the 'Flora' very useful, many thanks for that too.
A prosperous and fulfilling New Year to you.
After a long pregnance (!) the baby is borne and available in Malta`s bookstores soon. Just ask for it in a bookstore and they can order it from the distributor Sierra Books.
Or you can order it from the Margraf publisher in Weikersheim, easiest possibly via an email:
Congratulations to Professor Weber for another masterpiece. It will be really fun as well as educational to carry this book to San Anton , Argotti (the section managed by agricultural departement ), Ta' Qali National Park, Romeo Romano, and other public (and private!) gardens and identify the species of ornamental trees present. There is also a hint of 'wild plants' such as Tulipa australis, Vitex agnus-castus and our friendly Arundo donax plant. The selection of species of the Cactus, Palm, Spurges (Euphorbiaceae), Ficus and Rosaceae is vast and so very useful for identification.
There is also an incredible number of plants that I never seen and thanks to the given locations, one can venture and 'treasure hunt' the plant. The format is the same as the previous book about wild plants by Prof. Weber and Bernt Kendzior. There is also a very useful introduction about several gardens in Malta, where a number of species is given for each. I am also glad that my comment on the prev book was taken, and now there is the family names in the back index. The photography have improved drastically from the first book of 2004.
Well, i really need this book for my studies and to learn more about the plants that decorate our islands. Probably there is no more need of this part of the forum - all our questions are in the book!
The hardcover and soft cover versions were both available at the bookstore. I bought the soft cover book but honestly I do not remember the exact price (i think it was about 24 euros but could very well be mistaken since I bought more than 1 book and have thrown away the reciept)
Anyway congratulations HC Weber for a much appreciated work