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    Have any of you found/boughten books specifically about Utricularia? There is one book I am considering called "The Genus Utricularia" published by Kew Botanical Gardens but I think it only details each species and habitat (214 species covered over 724 pages) and I don't think it deals with actual cultivation at all -of course I haven't seen it yet so maybe it does...
    Are there any books specifically on cultivating Utrics?
    Anyone have the book I'm thinking of getting? What do you think of it? Worth the $77 (incl. postage)?

    Thanks for any thoughts!

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    If you are really into the genus, then you have to have the book. I've just about worn out my copy. Be warned: its pretty serious - there are no colour photos and it is very technical. It's worth every penny though.

    Your right, there is no info on cultivation, but there are a few good hints. It gives some habitat info for each species.

    If you want to know how the plants grow and work, then you can get Lloyd or Darwin's book. There isn't really anything that has much useful info on cultivation.

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    I love reading scientific works so the technicality is no problem. Is the text somewhat like Neps of Borneo/Sumatra or?
    Is it also true that there is a full page drawing of each species? Is the size of the book about like an 9" x 4" Audubon Society size pocket guide-that's the impression I got when I made the calculations from mm to inches.

    That's the problem with mailorder books, you have to take the plunge there's no putting it back on the shelf and backing out once you finally get to see it. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    It's quite a bit more technical than C. Clarke's Nepenthes books and not full of colour (color) photographs lot's of excellent botanical line drawings though.
    If you are really into Utrics it's a must, but there's no cultivation data. I don't know how easy it is to get in the USA at the moment, but Kew Gardens in London have it for sale at £40 (about $60). It's a heavy book so the postage might be quite high to the USA.
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    Yeah, it's pretty big. About the size of a hardcover novel (but it's paperback), and nearly 800 pages long. The thickness of a small phonebook. It is mostly reference, it's not something you would read recreationally. There are some good descriptions of morphology and anatomy, however.

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    Hey, my post disappeared!?!?! How odd. I guess I'll try again but most of it has been covered.

    Really all I can add is that it does have line drawings for pretty much every species which I quite like.
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    Does it have good line drawings of the aquatics? If so I will probably order myself a copy.

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    You wont find better, it's the book for checking the ID of all Utrics.

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