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Koshy KC. 2010. Bamboos at TBGRI. Tropical Botanic Garden
and Research Institute, Kerala, India. 104 pp. ISBN: 978-819-
2009-80-3 (Pb). Price: USD 30.
Bamboos are a notorious group for herbarium taxonomists
because of their size. The need for living material to map the
diversity and to be able to make sound species hypotheses,
usually hampers progress in revision work. It is most helpful if
botanic gardens built up well-documented collections of living
plants accompanied by voucher specimens. This very useful
book provides an excellent example of such an initiative. Apart
from giving a detailed overview of the specimens and taxa
present, it also goes into general notions how this collection
was built up. I think this will be a valuable overview for people
interested in this impressive group of plants.