Exotica: Pictorial Cyclopedia of Exotic Plants
Submitter: If you put your hand over the bottom of the cover and ask people what the book is about you get lots of fun answers. I’m not sure what the cover art means but it’s colorful. The book contains 12,000 illustrations (204 of them in color) of really exotic plants like begonias, ferns, philodendrons, geraniums, and a host of other fairly common house plants. Other than the scientific names, un-thrilling black and white photos, and occasional brief passages the book contains almost no information on the 12,000 plants but the introduction page does include the quote: “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt” –William Shakespeare. Like the cover, I am not sure what that has to do with the book but it sounds motivational. (The monkey fern is a favorite even though it is a little creepy.)
Holly: The monkey fern is so cool! Creepy, but pretty neat too! Yeah, my complaint about this, besides the fact that it is 34 years old, is the weird cover. The pictures are pretty bad quality too. A new book might have nice color photos.