Click here to see enlargement of front cover Nidularium - Bromeliads of the Atlantic Forest
Elton M.C. Leme
GMT Editores, Ltda.
ISBN 85-86796-43-3

A Review by Jason R. Grant

Nidularium - Bromeliads of the Atlantic Forest. Elton M.C. Leme. GMT Editores, Ltda. 2000. 30 cm, 263 pages, hard cover. Order from: Kris and Karl Green, 6104 SW 152 St., Miami, FL 33157-2607 U.S.A.; Tel: (305) 255-4888; Fax: (305) 252 9881; email:

This is Leme's fourth book on bromeliads, following Bromeliads in the Brazilian Wilderness (1993); Canistrum: Bromeliads of the Atlantic Forest (1997); and Canistropsis: Bromeliads of the Atlantic Forest (1998). This work largely on the genus Nidularium finishes the trilogy focussed on southeastern Brazilian bromeliad genera. The trilogy fulfills a unique position in bromeliad books.

They are neither mere coffee-table books with copious fine photos, nor are they so scientific that they exclude the average reader. They form a set of very well bound, colorfully and well laid-out books written intelligently and with passion. They are unrivaled in bromeliad books for their coverage of the biology of a particular group.

Click to see enlargement of Back cover The book is divided into 11 chapters, several of which were composed by other authors: 1. The Genus Nidularium; 2. Key to the species and varieties of Nidularium; 3. Nidularium: species and varieties; 4. Doubtful and excluded taxa; 5. Hummingbird pollination of Nidularium and related genera (by M. Sazima, Buzato & I. Sazima); 6. Molecular data and the Bromeliaceae (by G.K. Brown); 7. Pollen fertility in the nidularioid complex: a preliminary study (by de Souza & Leme); 8. Supplement: Canistrum; 9. Supplement: Wittrockia; 10. Supplement: Neoregelia subgen. Longipetalopsis; and 11. Cladistic analyses in the nidularioid complex (G.K. Brown & Leme). Leme recognizes 45 species in Nidularium (each illustrated), divided into three complexes (the "Blue Complex" with 27 species, the "Red Complex" with 7 species, and the "White Complex" with 11 species. These complexes are furthermore divided into several natural 'subcomplexes' each. A complete key to the species and varieties he recognizes is provided, and for each taxon, the taxonomic and/or nomenclatural synonymy, a full morphological description, citation of herbarium specimens examined, a discussion of its taxonomy and useful characteristics for identification, and distribution and habitat.

With all these varied subjects, the nidularioid genera of the bromeliads may in fact be the best and most carefully studied groups in the family. All of Leme's books are strongly recommended for anyone interested in bromeliads, and should serve as a model for future books written on bromeliads.

You can order this book from:
Kris and Karl Green
6104 SW 152 St.
Miami, FL 33157-2607 U.S.A.
Tel: (305) 255-4888; Fax: (305) 252 9881