This book is designed to enable students of botany to gain some knowledge of the relationships between families of plants. The text of each of the 100 plant families described is in two parts. The first part gives the general characteristics of the family, mentions some of the principal economic and ornamental plants and includes a section on classification. The second part describes in detail a typical representative of the family, as far as possible a plant which is common in the wild or in cultivation and therefore easily obtainable. In this new edition there is a larger page-size, and also a different layout of the text. In addition, a considerable number of illustrations have been redrawn and many more added, including drawings of whole plants. Alterations to the text include extensive revision of the introduction, an increase in the number of comparative tables, and the addition of a table of family characters.
Foreword to the second edition S. M. Walters; Preface; Note to the second edition; Acknowledgements; Signs and abbreviations; Systematic grouping of plants; Authorities; Introduction; Part 1. Families in Systematic Order: 1. Dicotyledons; 2. Monocotyledons; Comparative Tables; Table of family characters; Less common family characters; Approximate flowering times; Glossary; Leaf shapes (simple leaves); Leaf shapes (compound leaves); Petioles and points of attachment; Leaf margins; Cymose inflorescences; Racemose inflorescences; References; Index to families and genera.