Hawaiian Plant Life: Vegetation and Flora
Hawaiian Plant Life has been written with both thelayperson and professional interested in Hawai'i's natural historyand flora in mind. In addition to significant text describinglandforms and vegetation, the evolution of Hawaiian flora, and theconservation of native species, the book includes almost 875 colorphotographs illustrating nearly two-thirds of native Hawaiian plantspecies as well as a concise description of each genus and speciesshown. The work can be used either as a stand-alone reference or asa companion to the two-volume Manual of the Flowering Plants ofHawai'i.Learning more about threatened and endangered plants isessential to conserving them, and there is no more endangered florain the world today than that of the Hawaiian Islands. Strikingspecies complexes such as the silverswords and the remarkablelobeliads represent unique stories of adaptive radiation that makethe Hawai'i a living laboratory for evolution. Public appreciationfor Hawaiian biodiversity requires outreach and education that willdetermine the future conservation of this rich heritage, andHawaiian Plant Life has been designed to help fill thatneed.