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Flowering plant families of the world /
V.H. Heywood ... [et al.].
edition
Updated & rev.
imprint
Buffalo, N.Y. ; Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2007.
description
424 p. : col. ill., maps ; 32 cm.
ISBN
1554072069 (bound), 9781554072064 (bound)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Buffalo, N.Y. ; Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2007.
isbn
1554072069 (bound)
9781554072064 (bound)
general note
Previously published under title: Flowering plants of the world.
catalogue key
6773692
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Preface Since the publication of the first English-language edition of Flowering Plants of the World in 1978, our knowledge of the flowering plants has been dramatically changed as a result of a flood of publications on morphology, anatomy, distribution, and molecular phylogeny. Our original intention was to prepare an updated edition of the book to reflect this new information but so extensive were the changes needed that we abandoned the original text in most cases and prepared what is in effect a new book. The aim of this book is to provide a concise account of all the families that are considered by the authors to be worthy of recognition, taking into account all the latest evidence. The number of families has increased from 306 in Flowering Plants of the World to 506. For each family we have provided a summary of the main features of its distribution and where appropriate details of important genera or other points of interest and often an indication of the type of habitat in which the family grows. We have tried to make the descriptions as consistent in presentation as possible. The section on classification for each family includes where appropriate information on the subdivision of the family into subfamilies and/or tribes and indicates where the circumscription and content of the family has been changed compared with previous treatments. It also summarizes both traditional and the most recent views on relationships, including those suggested by molecular evidence. Significant economic uses are summarized. As a break from the previous book, references are given to key literature but because of space limitations, these have had to be restricted. A general distribution map is given for most families but because of the scale, little detail is possible. Accurate distribution maps are difficult to compile and are surprisingly rare in the literature. Professor V.H. HeywoodThe University of Reading, UK -- Contributors Harvey E Ballard, Jr., Ohio University, Athens, OH (USA) Diane Bridson, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) R. K. Brummitt, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Martin R. Cheek, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) R. J. Chinnock, State Herbarium, Adelaide (South Australia) Alastair Culham, The University of Reading (UK) Aaron Davis, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Alex S. George, Murdoch University, Perth (Western Australia) David J. Goyder, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Peter S Green, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Vernon H Heywood, The University of Reading (UK) D.J. Nicholas Hind, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Peter C. Hoch, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri (USA) Petra Hoffmann, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Stephen L Jury, The University of Reading (UK) R. V. Lansdown, Stroud (UK) Eve Lucas, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Roger M. Polhill, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Ole Seherg, University of Copenhagen (Denmark) B. L. Stannard, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) G. W. Staples, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii (USA) Margaret Tebbs, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Tim Upson, University Botanic Garden, Cambridge (UK) T.M.A. Utteridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK) Warren L. Wagner, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (USA) Juliet A. Wege, Department of Environment and Conservation(Australia) Peter H. Weston, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW (Australia) Melanie C. Wilmot-Dear(Melanie Thomas), Royal Botanic Gardens, Ke
First Chapter

Preface

Since the publication of the first English-language edition of Flowering Plants of the World in 1978, our knowledge of the flowering plants has been dramatically changed as a result of a flood of publications on morphology, anatomy, distribution, and molecular phylogeny. Our original intention was to prepare an updated edition of the book to reflect this new information but so extensive were the changes needed that we abandoned the original text in most cases and prepared what is in effect a new book.

The aim of this book is to provide a concise account of all the families that are considered by the authors to be worthy of recognition, taking into account all the latest evidence. The number of families has increased from 306 in Flowering Plants of the World to 506. For each family we have provided a summary of the main features of its distribution and where appropriate details of important genera or other points of interest and often an indication of the type of habitat in which the family grows. We have tried to make the descriptions as consistent in presentation as possible. The section on classification for each family includes where appropriate information on the subdivision of the family into subfamilies and/or tribes and indicates where the circumscription and content of the family has been changed compared with previous treatments. It also summarizes both traditional and the most recent views on relationships, including those suggested by molecular evidence. Significant economic uses are summarized. As a break from the previous book, references are given to key literature but because of space limitations, these have had to be restricted. A general distribution map is given for most families but because of the scale, little detail is possible. Accurate distribution maps are difficult to compile and are surprisingly rare in the literature.

Professor V.H. Heywood The University of Reading, UK

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Contributors

Harvey E Ballard, Jr., Ohio University, Athens, OH (USA)
Diane Bridson, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
R. K. Brummitt, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Martin R. Cheek, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
R. J. Chinnock, State Herbarium, Adelaide (South Australia)
Alastair Culham, The University of Reading (UK)
Aaron Davis, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Alex S. George, Murdoch University, Perth (Western Australia)
David J. Goyder, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Peter S Green, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Vernon H Heywood, The University of Reading (UK)
D.J. Nicholas Hind, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Peter C. Hoch, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
Petra Hoffmann, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Stephen L Jury, The University of Reading (UK)
R. V. Lansdown, Stroud (UK)
Eve Lucas, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Roger M. Polhill, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Ole Seherg, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
B. L. Stannard, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
G. W. Staples, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii (USA)
Margaret Tebbs, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Tim Upson, University Botanic Garden, Cambridge (UK)
T.M.A. Utteridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Warren L. Wagner, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (USA)
Juliet A. Wege, Department of Environment and Conservation(Australia)
Peter H. Weston, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW (Australia)
Melanie C. Wilmot-Dear(Melanie Thomas), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Elizabeth M. Woodgyer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)

In addition, the following authors contributed to Flowering Plants of the World (1978), and their contributions have been drawn upon to some extent in preparing the family accounts for Flowering Plant Families of the World (2007).

David Bramwell, Jardín Botánico Canario "Viera y Clavijo," Tafira Alta (Spain)
C.D.K. Cook, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
James Cullen, University Botanic Garden, Cambridge (UK)
W.D. Clayton, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
Jennifer M. Edmonds, University of Leeds (UK)
Christopher J. Humphries, Natural History Museum, London (UK)
Frances K. Kupicha (UK)
B.F. Matthew, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)
David Mabberley, University of Leiden (Netherlands)
David M. Moore, The University of Reading (UK)
B. Morley, Royal Botanic Gardens, Adelaide (South Australia)
B. Pickersgill, The University of Reading (UK)
Ian B.K. Richardson, Reading (UK)
Gordon D. Rowley, The University of Reading (UK)
N.W. Simmonds, University of Edinburgh (UK)
William T. Stearn (deceased)
H.P. Wilkinson, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond (UK)

Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-02-01:
This revision of a 1978 work titled Flowering Plants of the World is a beautiful book covering 506 families of flowering plants. Each family description has an introductory paragraph giving the general distribution and characteristics of the family members. The introduction is followed by an explanation of the family and then a detailed description, with a classification showing the relationship of the subfamilies or genera in the family. The family discussion usually closes with an explanation of economic uses. Each family is accompanied by a world or regional map with highlighted areas indicating where it grows. Beautiful colored, detailed illustrations are included for each family. Supplementing the text are an illustrated glossary and an in-depth index of plant names in Latin and English. This is a book that anyone with an interest in flowering plants will enjoy. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels. C. T. Mason Jr. emeritus, University of Arizona
Reviews
Review Quotes
Beautiful colored, detailed illustrations are included for each family.... This is a book that anyone with an interest in flowering plants will enjoy. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels.
Beautiful colored, detailed illustrations ... This is a book that anyone with an interest in flowering plants will enjoy. Recommended.
Every page contains beautiful color photographs in addition to the wealth of complete information on the plants.
Flowering Plant Families of the World is an essential reference work for academic libraries, and will be indispensable for the botanist, horticulturist, and gardener.
For the quality of the book and the fascinating artwork the price ... is well worth it.
If you want to delve further into [plant classification], don't miss this book. The glorious botanical illustrations are a bonus.
If you want to delve further into [the area of plant classification], don't miss this book. The glorious botanical illustrations are a bonus.
It still came a shock to me when I discovered this book and realized what an absolute treasure it is. In one large volume, all of the world's 500 plant families are described, mapped and meticulously illustrated.... In one gorgeous text, this book allows you to come to grips with plants and their families and obtain a further appreciation of their relationship. This book has already become one of my most beloved natural history books.
Originally released in 1978, this [updated] reference has remained the definitive guide to flowering plants for amateur and professional gardeners and students. The book is an authoritative reference work, but also a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to the world's most colorful flora. [Its] specially commissioned botanical illustrations by professional artists are both beautiful and scientifically accurate.
The book is not perfect, but it comes close. ... You will not find a better source for these data.
The definitive guide to flowering plants for amateur and professional gardeners and students.
What an absolute treasure it is.... This book has already become one of my most beloved natural history books.
You will not find a better source for these data.
[This book is] an essential reference work for academic libraries, and will be indispensable for the botanist, horticulturist, and gardener.
[This is] the definitive guide to flowering plants for amateur and professional gardeners and students.
Useful and wonderful to browse through ... breathtaking detailed diagrams... Flowering Plant Families of the World is a steal for the price and highly recommended for collections that already have the previous work. Large public libraries, academic libraries, and horticulture libraries will find this a core reference title for both avid leisure gardeners and professionals.
Useful and wonderful to browse through ... breathtaking detailed diagrams... [It] is a steal for the price and highly recommended.
The original edition of this reference appeared in 1978, and was updated and revised in 1994. Now, a completely new team of editors and authors has compiled a third iteration of this valuable resource. The original edition discussed 306 families; this one has 506.... General references are included now in addition to those after individual families, a major improvement over the earlier books. The Classification segment has been updated in the past 13 years and recognizes a consensus arrangement of the families markedly different from earlier books. The illustrated glossary is republished and remains a prime short resource for botanical terms... Colors too have been changed on the distribution maps, and it is easier to see where some gaps exist in ranges... The book is not perfect, but it comes close... You will not find a better source for these data.
A must for those who are studying botany and horticulture [and] a complete encyclopedia... For the quality of the book and the fascinating artwork the price ... is well worth it.
An essential reference for anyone interested in plant life because of its depth and presentation... incorporates significant advances in knowledge.
Authoritative reference work... fascinating and comprehensive ... specially commissioned botanical illustrations by professional artists are both beautiful and scientifically accurate.
The predecessor of this book, Flowering Plants of the World, was published to great acclaim in 1978. It became an essential reference for anyone interested in plant life because of its depth and presentation. Its successor, with a slightly different title, treats 506 families compared to the 306 in the original and incorporates significant advances in knowledge, including DNA sequencing, over the past several decades.
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Summaries
Long Description
"The definitive reference on flowering plants, thoroughly revised." The widely acclaimed "Flowering Plants of the World," the original edition of this book, has never been surpassed in its depth and scope. Written by a team of internationally recognized authorities, this thoroughly updated edition provides the latest information and solidifies the book's position as the definitive guide on the subject. At the core of the book are the comprehensive entries on 504 flowering plant families. Each entry describes distribution, anatomy, habitat, classification and commercial uses. The enormous wealth of newly available taxonomic information, found throughout the pages of Flowering Plant Families of the World, will interest every botanist. Along with hundreds of beautiful, meticulously detailed artworks, the book features: A complete introductory section about flowering plants Distribution maps and quick-reference panels An extensive illustrated glossary of specialist terms A comprehensive index with plant names in Latin and English. The book's specially commissioned botanical illustrations by professional artists are remarkable for both their beauty and their scientific accuracy. This definitive book, now completely updated, will remain a key reference for gardeners, botanists and plant professionals worldwide.
Main Description
The definitive reference on flowering plants, thoroughly revised.The widely acclaimed Flowering Plants of the World, the original edition of this book, has never been surpassed in its depth and scope. Written by a team of internationally recognized authorities, this thoroughly updated edition provides the latest information and solidifies the book's position as the definitive guide on the subject.At the core of the book are the comprehensive entries on 504 flowering plant families. Each entry describes distribution, anatomy, habitat, classification and commercial uses. The enormous wealth of newly available taxonomic information, found throughout the pages of Flowering Plant Families of the World, will interest every botanist.Along with hundreds of beautiful, meticulously detailed artworks, the book features: A complete introductory section about flowering plants Distribution maps and quick-reference panels An extensive illustrated glossary of specialist terms A comprehensive index with plant names in Latin and English.The book's specially commissioned botanical illustrations by professional artists are remarkable for both their beauty and their scientific accuracy.This definitive book, now completely updated, will remain a key reference for gardeners, botanists and plant professionals worldwide.
Main Description
The definitive reference on flowering plants, thoroughly revised. The widely acclaimed Flowering Plants of the World, the original edition of this book, has never been surpassed in its depth and scope. Written by a team of internationally recognized authorities, this thoroughly updated edition provides the latest information and solidifies the book's position as the definitive guide on the subject. At the core of the book are the comprehensive entries on 504 flowering plant families. Each entry describes distribution, anatomy, habitat, classification and commercial uses. The enormous wealth of newly available taxonomic information, found throughout the pages of Flowering Plant Families of the World, will interest every botanist. Along with hundreds of beautiful, meticulously detailed artworks, the book features: A complete introductory section about flowering plants Distribution maps and quick-reference panels An extensive illustrated glossary of specialist terms A comprehensive index with plant names in Latin and English. The book's specially commissioned botanical illustrations by professional artists are remarkable for both their beauty and their scientific accuracy. This definitive book, now completely updated, will remain a key reference for gardeners, botanists and plant professionals worldwide.
Table of Contents
Contributors
Foreword
Preface
The Flowering Plants
Reference Works
Classification
Glossary
Dicotyledons
Monocotyledons
Index
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