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The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook

Field / Identification Guide
A guide to the commonly encountered tropical plant families in a portable, easy-to-use handbook
Richly illustrated with each family represented by a full page of photographs (many unpublished), line drawings, herbarium specimens and a distribution map
Written by Kew experts, all of whom regularly work in the tropics and teach on the Kew Tropical Plant Identification course
Follows the new classification system, APG 3, and is arranged according to APG 3
Second edition includes 17 new families described, bringing the total number of families included up to 104

By: Timothy Utteridge (Editor), Gemma Bramley (Editor)

232 pages, 2500 colour photos, b/w line drawings, 100 colour distribution maps

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Paperback | Feb 2016 | Edition: 2 | #228425 | ISBN-13: 9781842466025
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NHBS Price: £19.99 $25/€24 approx

About this book

The tropics with their lush rainforests are extremely rich in plant life but are still comparatively unknown. Botanists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have a long tradition of exploring and plant collecting in the tropics, accumulating an unsurpassed practical knowledge of the tropical plants they encounter.

This second edition of The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook brings together this knowledge in a guide to the commonly encountered and ecologically important plants of the tropics. Written by Kew's experts, this handbook is based on Kew's Tropical Plant Identification course, which uses classical morphology, as well as more simple 'spot' characters, to teach plant identification.

In this second edition of The Kew Tropical Plant Identification Handbook, an additional 17 plant families are described, bringing the total number included up to 104, all described in detail and richly illustrated with photographs showing the important identification characters. This book can be the primary starting resource for any tropical botanist across the globe, as well as students, conservation workers, and ecologists who need to identify tropical plants.


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Biography

Timothy Utteridge works in the South East Asia team at the Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Tim co-organises Kew's annual Tropical Plant Identification course with Gemma Bramley. Co-author of Field Guide to the Plants of East Sabah (Kew Publishing, 2010) and co-editor of A Guide to the Alpine and Sub-Alpine Flora of Mount Jaya (Kew Publishing, 2006).

Gemma Bramley is a botanist at the Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her research interests are focussed on the Lamiaceae and Gesneriaceae families, especially from South-East Asia, and she has undertaken fieldwork throughout the Old and New World tropics.

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