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Sorry if this is a duplicate...
David Bundy had asked about Rataj and Horeman (R&H)
Aquarium Plants book. I just purchased the book from
That Fish Place a couple of weeks ago. It was $19.99,
new and unthumbed. "Aquarium Plants their
identification, cultivation and ecology" is the name
of the book. I like it so far.
I have heard the grumbling about the book being out of
date and the systematics are challenged often, BUT. I
offer a different view of the R&H book. In the
introduction, R&H states that Dr. Rataj is a botanist
from Czechoslovakia who has studied the taxonomy and
ecology of aquatic plants. Wow! Credentials! R&H
also states that Mr Horeman has collected plants from
their habitat. This sounds like a pretty good tandem
to write about aquatic plants to me. I was surprised
however, that there was not a Reference section.
Would a good scientist exclude a reference section or
might TFH want to exclude it to save $$$? Don't know,
but I found it surprising.
I own several plant books and, in general, I find them
to be very disappointing when I try to identify a
plant. Is Baensch or Tepoot or Tropica or anyone else
correct in their identification? It's pretty hard to
say. It becomes partisan if the science isn't clear.
And I haven't seen much science yet at least with
respect to the Cryptocorynes.
My recommendation is to drop the $25 and have the book
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