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The Flowering Plants Handbook: A Practical Guide to Families and Genera of the World

Field / Identification GuideIdentification Key

By: James W Byng (Author)

619 pages, 3000+ colour photos and b/w line drawings

Plant Gateway Ltd.

Paperback | Edition: 2 | #227122
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About this book

This plant book aims to help identify flowering plants to genus and family level anywhere in the world. There are very few available works which are both comprehensive and up-to-date for all the flowering plants families and genera of the world. The Flowering Plants Handbook is an easy to use identification guide to the world's flowering plants designed for both specialists and non-specialists and from beginner to expert. So whether you're a botanist, ecologist, conservation biologist, horticulturalist or a plant enthusiast then this is The Flowering Plants Handbook for you.

The Flowering Plants Handbook contains descriptions of all currently recognised flowering plant families, morphological notes for 6,656 genera (all current genera for 398/413 families) and over 3,000 images and illustrations.

Flowering plants can be identified using The Flowering Plants Handbook to family and much of the world's generic diversity in four 'easy' steps. Some plants will be identified correctly quickly, whilst others may require some retracing of steps and take a little more time. The advantage of The Flowering Plants Handbook is that it helps the user learn about the classification system and plant diversity during the identification process. This work was compiled and developed using the living, library and herbarium collections at the University of Aberdeen, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Introduction   1
Key to Major Plant Groups   4
Useful Diagnostic Characters   7

Amborellales   11
Nymphaeales   12
Austrobaileyales   14
Chloranthales   16
Canellales   17
Piperales   19
Magnoliales   22
Laurales   30

Acorales   39
Alismatales   40
Petrosaviales   53
Dioscoreales   54
Pandanales   57
Liliales   61
Asparagales   70
Arecales   94
Commelinales   96
Zingiberales   101
Dasypogonaceae   109
Poales   110

Ceratophyllales   131
Ranunculales   132
Sabiaceae   143
Proteales   144
Trochodendrales   149
Buxales   150
Gunnerales   152
Dilleniaceae   153

ROSIDS   154
Saxifragales   156
Vitales   167
Zygophyllales   168
Fabales   170
Rosales   174
Fagales   189
Cucurbitales   192
Celastrales   201
Oxalidales   206
Malpighiales   212
Geraniales   249
Myrtales   251
Crossosomatales   265
Picramniales   269
Sapindales   270
Huerteales   294
Malvales   296
Brassicales   310

Berberidopsidales   325
Santalales   326
Caryophyllales   337

Cornales   382
Ericales   387
Unplaced Basal Lamiid Families   414
Garryales   417
Gentianales   418
Vahliaceae   429
Boraginaceae   429
Solanales   437
Lamiales   446
Aquifoliales   489
Asterales   492
Escalloniales   504
Bruniales   505
Paracryphiales   507
Dipsacales   508
Apiales   512

Basic Glossary   520
Geographical Maps    537
Literature   539
Useful Plants & Plant Family Synonymy Index   607

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