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This indispensable textbook provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of plant anatomy and emphasizes the application of plant anatomy and its relevance to modern botanical research.

The companion website, ‘The Virtual Plant’, offers a collection of high quality photographs and scanning electron microscope images giving students access to the microscopic detail of plant structures essential to gaining a real understanding of the subject. Exercises for the laboratory are also included, making this work an indispensable resource for lectures and laboratory classes. Vist: to access these resources.

Plant Anatomy is an essential reference for undergraduates taking courses in plant anatomy, applied plant anatomy and plant biology courses; and for researchers and postgraduates in plant sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book would be an excellent resource for undergraduateor graduate courses in plant anatomy and plant biology, and avaluable reference for researchers and postgraduates. Summing Up:Highly recommended.” (CHOICE, February 2009)

Plant anatomy is a foundational and ever-advancing topic. Thisbook by plant anatomy experts Cutler (honorary research fellow,Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and president, Linnean Society ofLondon, UK), Botha (Rhodes Univ., Grahamstown, South Africa), andStevenson (curator and vice president for botanical science, NewYork Botanical Garden) give an up-to-date and concise treatment ofthe subject. The work covers classic subjects including morphology,tissue systems, meristems, transport systems, organs, andreproductive structures. Additional chapters address adaptive andapplied aspects of plant anatomy, as well as practicalmicrotechnique. A glossary with pictures provides a quick referenceguide for terms...This book would be an excellent resource forundergraduate or graduate courses in plant anatomy and plantbiology, and a valuable reference for researchers andpostgraduates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Allundergraduates, graduate students, andprofessionals. –R. B. Pratt, California StateUniversity–Bakersfield (Choice, February2009)

"The book is very attractively priced, benefits from manyexcellent colour images ... Plant anatomy: an applied approachdeserves to do well!" (Annals of Botany)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405126793
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

David F Cutler is currently an Honorary Research Fellow atthe Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a Visiting Professor in Botany,Reading University, and an Honorary Lecturer, Imperial College,London University. He was formerly Deputy Keeper and Head of thePlant Anatomy Section, Jodrell Laboratory, RBG Kew. He is currentlyPresident of the Linnean Society of London. His research is in pureand applied plant anatomy, including systematic anatomy ofangiosperms, functional aspects of plant structure andidentification of fragmentary plant material.

Ted Botha is Professor of Botany and was Head ofDepartment at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Hisresearch into plant structure and function is recognizedinternationally as well as locally, by the National ResearchFoundation. He serves on the organizing committees for severalinternational plant structure–function groups, and is aformer President of The South African Association of Botany. Hiscontribution to teaching at Rhodes University was recognizedthrough the award of the Vice Chancellor’s DistinguishedTeaching Award in 2005.

Dennis Wm Stevenson is currently Rupert Barneby Curatorand Vice President for Botanical Science at the New York BotanicalGarden. He also serves as editor of the journal BotanicalReview, has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and edited11 books ranging from horticulture to paleobotany to genomics. Heholds adjunct faculty positions at City University of New York,Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, andYale University.

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Table of Contents




1 Morphology and tissue systems: the integrated plant body.

General background.

Adaptation to aerial growth.

The systems in detail.

2 Meristems and meristematic growth.


Apical meristems.

Lateral meristems.

Practical applications and uses of meristems.

3 The structure of xylem and phloem.


The xylem.

The phloem.

Structure–function relationships in primary and.

secondary vascular tissues.

4 The root.






Vascular system.

Lateral roots.

5 The stem.


Stems – cross-sectional appearance.

Transport phloem within the axial system.

Transport tissue – structural components.

Concluding remarks.

6 The leaf.


Leaf structure.

The epidermis.

The mesophyll.

Strengthening systems in the leaf.

The vascular system.

The phloem.

Specifi cs of the monocotyledonous foliage leaf 111.

Secretory structures.

Concluding remarks.

7 Flowers, fruits and seeds.



SEM studies.



Seed and fruit histology.

8 Adaptive features.


Mechanical adaptations.

Adaptations to habitat.





9 Economic aspects of applied plant anatomy.


Identifi cation and classification.

Taxonomic application.

Medicinal plants.

Food adulterants and contaminants.

Animal feeding habits.

Wood: present day.

Wood: in archaeology.

Forensic applications.



10 Practical microtechnique.

Safety considerations.

Materials and methods.


Appendix 1 Selected study material.

Appendix 2 Practical exercises.


Cited references.

Further reading.


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