594 pages, 64 col plates, b/w line illus
The definitive handbook, representing the work of 150 botanists and covering more than 280 families of plants known to occur in the Western Hemisphere between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. The text describes each family's features, diversity of genera and species, distribution, habitat, classification, botany, natural history, and economic uses. Numerous illustrations portray 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.
From a review in TAXON 54 (1):
"Magnificent and massive are appropriate words to describe this exemplary and inexpensive production. Some 150 botanists treat 286 neotropical families of angiosperms in nearly 500 pages... a superb reference book."
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
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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Nathan Smith is Curatorial Assistant for the Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. Scott A. Mori is the Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany in the Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. Andrew Henderson is Curator in the Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. Dennis Wm. Stevenson is the Vice President and Rupert Barneby Curator for Botanical Science at the New York Botanical Garden. Scott V. Heald is former Curatorial Assistant for the Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden.