357 pages, 8 line illus, 2 tabs
An essential guide to identifying flowering plant families (wild or cultivated) in the northern hemisphere. Details of plant structure and terminology accompany practical keys to identify 318 families into which flowering plants are currently divided. Specifically designed for practical use, the keys can easily be worked backwards for checking identifications.
Containing descriptions of families and listings of the genera within, it also includes a section on further identification to generic and specific levels. A successor to the author's bestselling 'The Identification of Flowering Plant Families', this new guide is fully revised and updated, and retains the same concise user-friendly approach. Cullen skillfully leads the reader from restrictive disciplines of older taxonomy, into an era of increasing numbers of plant families defined by DNA analysis.
This is a very practical, handy-sized book for gardeners and students of horticulture and botany. Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden
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