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Winner of the Henry Allan Gleason Award, New York Botanical Garden
This 2-volume edition of “the most significant botanical publication on Pacific plants in recent decades” (Flora Vitiensis Nova) includes an extensive addendum providing information on newly described species, nomenclatural changes, and new island records, together with a bibliography of important taxonomic references published since the first edition. The status of 271 species newly listed as endangered or threatened has also been updated.
Praise for the first edition:
"The most complete and beautifully presented manual that this reviewer has ever seen. It will be an indispensable tool for serious students of the flora of Hawaii."
"Outstanding [...] . Balanced and sound taxonomy and careful scholarship [are] characteristic of this whole work [...] . One of the most impressive Floras of the whole 20th century."
– Kew Bulletin
"A very important tool for years to come for botanists studying the floristic and biogeographic questions involving these islands. The authors of this two volume set are to be commended on the production of a significant contribution to the understanding of an extremely interesting flora."
"A first class work [...] . The book will be an example for other compilers of floras to follow, and will be the basis for future study of the fascinating flora of the islands."
"The most significant botanical publication on Pacific plants in recent decades [...] . With the aid of many collaborating specialists, the authors have produced a comprehensive manual, with full descriptions, keys to taxa at all ranks, excellent illustrations, and extensive comments on Hawaiian geology, climate, vegetation, ethnobotany, etc."
– Flora Vitiensis Nova
"The Manual represents a marvelous accomplishment by providing a consistent and thoroughly modern systematic treatment of the fascinating flora of Hawaii, which has not been treated comprehensively for more than 100 years. These beautifully illustrated volumes illuminate the fabulous evolutionary patterns of the flowering plants of the islands, pointing the way to problematical groups that continue to challenge new generations of botanists. An exemplary feature of this book is the critical reevaluation of the threatened status of the floristic diversity of the islands, now based on new data. The Manual promises to become a classic in the botanical literature."
– Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden