Book focuses on native plants

Whether you have a green thumb or just a clear eye for beauty, Frederic J. Burton offers an insider’s guide to the unique plants of Cayman.


Mr. Burton

His new book Threatened Plants of the Cayman Islands: The Red List is a full-colour guide to all the wild plants unique to the Cayman Islands and the natural communities in which they live.

Written in everyday language – but with all the detailed technical content on an enclosed CD – The Red List provides a conservation assessment of all 415 plants species and varieties native to the Cayman Islands.

The book is published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, $19.95, in association with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment. It was funded by a grant from the British Government, and is a non-profit product to benefit plant conservation in the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Burton has played a key role in establishing terrestrial protected areas in the Cayman Islands. He has worked to conserve the island’s unique flora and fauna for more than 20 years. In 2007 he was awarded the MBE for his ongoing efforts in the conservation of endangered species, and currently directs the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme.

He is also the author of Wild Trees in the Cayman Islands (International Reptile Conservation Foundation, $25).

His third book, The Little Blue Book, which chronicles his efforts to save the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana from extinction, is due for release in 2009.


Frederic Burton will launch his new book, Threatened Plants of the Cayman Islands: The Red List Saturday at Books by the Bay, 6-8pm, and 1 October at Books & Books, 7pm. Native plants will be on sale at both presentations.

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