Book Reviews

A range of bromeliad books are reviewed here. The books cover a wide range of topics. Some are of general interest, while others are of more specialised interest.

Some points about the reviews:

  • The main focus is on books that are at least partially written in English.
  • They mainly cover books that have been published from 1995 onwards, although some older ones are reviewed.
  • The comments are accurate at the year of the review (shown at the bottom of each review), but circumstances change over time. For example, a book which may provide the best coverage on a particular topic in 1995, may not do so by 2010.
  • Some reviews discuss the relevance of information in the book on growing bromeliads. Growing conditions vary enormously around the world, and the reviewer’s comments focus on whether the book’s advice is relevant to people living in the sub-tropics. (This is where most of the Bromeliad Society of Queensland’s members live).

The best general introductory book is probably Bromeliads: A Cultural Manual. While this book is quite short, it provides a good overview.

If you would like some more detail on the characteristics of different types of bromeliads and their growing requirements, then there are two books which are well worth considering.

If you live in the sub-tropics or tropics, have a look at Starting with Bromeliads. For those who live in cooler climates, consider Bromeliads for the Contemporary Garden.

All three books can be purchased, by people living in Australia, from the Bromeliad Society of Queensland. (See “Book Sources” below).

We are always looking for more books to review.  If you have published a book and would like us to review it please Contact Us.

Bob Reilly is our book reviewer and has contributed all the reviews on this website.

BOOK REVIEW Biology of the bromeliads

BOOK REVIEW Blooming Bromeliads

BOOK REVIEW Bromeliaceae III

BOOK REVIEW A BROMELIAD GLOSSARY (2ND EDITION)

BOOK REVIEW A DISTIBUTIONAL CHECK-LIST OF THE GENUS TILLANDSIA

BOOK REVIEW Bromeliads Under the Mango Tree

BOOK REVIEW Canistropsis-Bromeliads of the Atlantic Forest

BOOK REVIEW Canistrum – Bromeliads of the Atlantic Forest

BOOK REVIEW Flora Neotropica – Monograph No. 14

BOOK REVIEW BROMELIACEAE OF VENEZUELA

BOOK REVIEW BROMELIACEAE PROFILE OF AN ADAPTIVE RADIATION

BOOK REVIEW Bromeliad cultivation notes

BOOK REVIEW BROMELIADS A CULTURAL MANUAL

BOOK REVIEW Bromeliads and The Colourful Bromeliads

BOOK REVIEW Bromeliads by Francisco Oliva-Esteve

BOOK REVIEW Bromeliads For Home Garden and Greenhouse

BOOK REVIEW BROMELIADS FOR THE CONTEMPORARY GARDEN

BOOK REVIEW Bromeliads in the Brazilian Wilderness

BOOK REVIEW BROMELIADS NEXT GENERATION

BOOK REVIEW JEWELS OF THE JUNGLE–BROMELIACEAE OF ECUADOR-PART 1_ BROMELIOIDEAE

BOOK REVIEW LES TILLANDSIA ET LES RACINEAE

BOOK REVIEW Margaret Mee’s Amazon – Diaries of an Artist Explorer

BOOK REVIEW Mountain Plants of Venezuela the Coastal Range

Book Review Native Bromeliads of Florida

BOOK REVIEW New Tillandsia Handbook

BOOK REVIEW NIDULARIUM-BROMELIADS OF THE ATLANTIC FOREST

BOOK REVIEW Pitcher Plants of the Americas

BOOK REVIEW Fragments of the Atlantic Forest of Northeast Brazil

BOOK REVIEW GROWING BROMELIADS (2ND EDITION)

BOOK REVIEW Jewels of the Jungle Bromeliaceae of Ecuador Part II Pitcairnioideae

BOOK REVIEW THE PINEAPPLE BOTANY

BOOK REVIEW The Red-Fowered Tillandsia from Brazil

BOOK REVIEW The Tillandsia Tectorum Complex

BOOK REVIEW Tillandsia II

BOOK REVIEW Tillandsia_Isley Repeat BOOK REVIEW Bromeliad cultivation notes 2

BOOK REVIEW Searching for Miss Fortuna

BOOK REVIEW Starting with Bromeliads

BOOK REVIEW The Book of Bromeliads and hawaiian Tropical Flowers

BOOK REVIEW The Bromeliaceae of Brazil

BOOK REVIEW THE CONNOISSEUR’S GUIDE

BOOK REVIEW THE GREEN-BLOOMING SMALL GREY TILLANDSIAS FROM MEXICO

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Book Sources

Few bromeliad books are available in general bookstores. The following sources stock a range of bromeliad books. Please contact them to determine price, availability and related matters.

  • Bromeliad Society of Queensland
  • Florilegium
  • Anwyl Bromeliads
  • Bromeliad Society International
  • Tropiflora
  • Rainbow Gardens Book Shop

Bromeliad books can sometimes also be bought through ‘on line’ sources such as eBay.

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