This is the first comprehensive book to cover every vascular plant family in the world, including all families of lycopods, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Organised in a modern phylogenetic order (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group IV for flowering plants and equivalent systems for other groups), over 450 families are described in this illustrated encyclopaedia, with full information relating to their characteristics, relationships, etymology, economic uses and distribution. Written by three world-renowned authors with wide interests in plant relationships, horticulture and modern genetic approaches to the study of biodiversity, the descriptions are accompanied by a lavish selection of photographs, illustrations and maps. Many of the illustrations are the work of the first author, Maarten Christenhusz, who is an accomplished photographer as well as a botanist. This authoritative, comprehensive and beautiful book will appeal to a wide audience, from undergraduate students to practising botanists and horticulturists as well as interested amateurs.
Dr Maarten J. M. Christenhusz has an MSc on historic herbarium and a PhD on Marattiaceae. In 2009 he was founding editor of Phytotaxa. He has worked at the Natural History Museum, the Finnish Museum of Natural History and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He grows 160 plant families in his Kingston garden.
Professor Michael F. Fay has a PhD on Trifolium and joined Kew in 1986, where he is currently Senior Research Leader in conservation genetics. His research interests include conservation genetics, phylogenetics and genome size. He is Chief Editor, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, and Chair, IUCN Orchid Specialist Group.
Professor Mark W. Chase has a PhD on Leochilus (Orchidaceae). After teaching at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he moved to Kew in 1992, as Head of Molecular Systematics. His research has been on angiosperm phylogeny and polyploidy, focusing on orchids and, more recently, Nicotiana. He is one of the main coordinators of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group.