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The American tropics are home to almost one-third of the world's flowering plants. This is the definitive guide to this rich diversity of flora. Unique for its fabulous color illustrations and detailed descriptions, Flowering Plants of the Neotropics represents the work of 150 botanists and covers more than 280 families of plants known to occur in the Western Hemisphere between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

The expert text describes each family's features, diversity of genera and species, distribution, habitat, classification, botany, natural history, and economic uses. More than 300 color illustrations and 250 botanical line drawings illustrate these showiest of New World plants—flora that range from the deserts of Mexico and the coasts of Central America to the vast lowland rainforests of Amazonia and the cloud forests of the Andes. Some of the plants described are distributed widely; others inhabit only one of the many unusual microclimates and habitats that result from tropical America's incredible variation in elevation and rainfall and its millions of years of geological change.

Both beautiful and highly informative, this volume is an ideal reference for students, professional biologists, foresters, conservationists, tourists, and all who appreciate the form and color of flowering plants.

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Flowering Plants of the Neotropics makes a fine addition to any library where scientific accuracy, consummate artistry, and a love of natural diversity are appreciated.
— Jay W. Miner
Selbyana - Jay W. Miner
Flowering Plants of the Neotropics makes a fine addition to any library where scientific accuracy, consummate artistry, and a love of natural diversity are appreciated.
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"The most comprehensive and detailed reference work on the subject to date."—Library Journal

"Flowering Plants of the Neotropics makes a fine addition to any library where scientific accuracy, consummate artistry, and a love of natural diversity are appreciated."—Jay W. Miner, Selbyana

Selbyana
Flowering Plants of the Neotropics makes a fine addition to any library where scientific accuracy, consummate artistry, and a love of natural diversity are appreciated.
— Jay W. Miner
Library Journal
Close to 30 percent of the world's flowering plants can be found in the Neotropics, the geographic region between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Smith (curatorial assistant, Inst. of Systematic Botany, New York Botanical Garden) and his coeditors, all curators or former curators of botany at prestigious botanical institutes or gardens, have assembled the most comprehensive and detailed reference work on the subject to date. Divided into two sections-dicotyledons and monocotyledons-and then organized by family within those sections, the book describes more than 280 plant families. Contributed by 150 botantists from around the world, plant entries include identifying characteristics, numbers of genera and species, distribution and habitat, family classification, family features, natural history, economic uses, and a line drawing; many are also showcased in 64 pages of color plates. The indexing by scientific names is thorough, but the lack of an index by popular name is a drawback because readers must know the scientific plant name or at least the family name to find its entry. That said, this book is highly recommended for academic libraries and for public libraries with strong botanical collections.-Marianne Stowell Bracke, Science-Engineering Lib., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691116945
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Contributors xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Editors' Note xxi
Dicotyledons 1
Monocotyledons 403
Glossary 497
Literature Cited 525
Appendix I Cronquist Dicotyledon Classification 529
Appendix II Dahlgren et al. Monocotyledon Classification 531
Appendix III Families treated in Flowering Plants of the Neotropics 532
Appendix IV Families of Angiosperms treated by Judd et al. 533
Appendix V Aids to Identification 535
Index to Scientific Names 563

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