Robert Lee Riffle (1940--2006) was an internationally recognized authority on palms and tropical plants. Paul Craft is a self-employed horticultural consultant for private and public botanical gardens, nurseries, homeowners, and businesses around the world. Scott Zona is the author of nearly 100 articles on palms. He teaches and lectures all over the world about tropical plants.
"Gallery of full-color plates illustrates precise species characteristics, while the book's second half offers descriptive text organized by alphabetized genus and species." --Library Journal "Recommended for most large public and academic libraries, especially where there is an interest in horticulture." --Booklist "An exciting way for plant lovers entranced by palms to learn about the range of species grown in gardens." --The Sarasota Herald-Tribune