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The European Garden Flora, Volume 1: Alismataceae to Orchidaceae

Flora / FaunaIdentification Key

Series: The European Garden Flora Volume: 1

By: James Cullen(Editor), Sabina G Knees(Editor), H Suzanne Cubey(Editor)

665 pages, 37 b/w line drawings

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 2011 | Edition: 2 | #186835 | ISBN-13: 9780521761475
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About this book

The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist.

This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 1 contains accounts of all the Monocotyledons, which includes those groups known informally as the petaloid monocotyledons (the Liliaceae and Amaryllidaceae in the first edition, divided here among 17 families), the grasses and sedges (Gramineae and Cyperaceae), the aroids (Araceae) and the large and diverse Orchidaceae.

...a useful and reliable tool for which serious gardeners have cause to be grateful.
- Horticulture


List of maps and figures
List of contributors to the 1st edition
Preface to the 2nd edition
Preface to the 1st edition
Key to families

1. Alismataceae
2. Butomaceae
3. Limnocharitaeae
4. Hydrocharitaceae
5. Aponogetonaceae
6. Potamogetonaceae
7. Melanthiaceae
8. Asphodelaceae
9. Anthericaceae
10. Aphyllanthaceae
11. Hostaceae
12. Hemerocallidaceae
13. Blandfordiaceae
14. Aloaceae
15. Colchicaceae
16. Liliaceae
17. Alstroemeriaceae
18. Hyacinthaceae
19. Alliaceae
20. Convallariaceae
21. Asteliaceae
22. Trilliaceae
23. Asparagaceae
24. Ruscaceae
25. Philesiaceae
26. Smilacaceae
27. Agavaceae
28. Doryanthaceae
29. Nolinaceae
30. Dracaenaceae
31. Phormiaceae
32. Haemodoraceae
33. Ixioliriaceae
34. Amaryllidaceae
35. Tecophilaeaceae
36. Hypoxidaceae
37. Velloziaceae
38. Taccaceae
39. Dioscoreaceae
40. Pontederiaceae
41. Iridaceae
42. Juncaceae
43. Bromeliaceae
44. Commelinaceae
45. Gramineae
46. Palmae
47. Araceae
48. Acoraceae
49. Lemnaceae
50. Pandanaceae
51. Sparganiaceae
52. Typhaceae
53. Cyperaceae
54. Musaceae
55. Strelitziaceae
56. Zingiberaceae
57. Costaceae
58. Cannaceae
59. Marantaceae
60. Orchidaceae


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James Cullen has been a professional plant taxonomist for over 50 years, working particularly on the classification and identification of plants in cultivation (especially Rhododendron) at Liverpool and Edinburgh Universities, at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and in Cambridge. With the late Dr S. M. Walters, he was the initiator of the first edition of The European Garden Flora and is responsible for two spin-offs, The Orchid Book and Manual of North European Garden Plants (2001).

Sabina Knees is a taxonomist at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and although now working on plants of the Middle East, particularly the flora of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra, she spent over 20 years working as a horticultural taxonomist for the Royal Horticultural Society and the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and is a founder member of the Horticultural Taxonomy Group (HORTAX). She was editor of The New Plantsman for seven years and worked initially as a research associate and then as a member of the editorial committee on the first edition of The European Garden Flora.

Suzanne Cubey has worked at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE) since 1987, originally as a researcher, and then later becoming the Assistant Secretary on the Editorial Board for the first edition of The European Garden Flora. Since 2005 her main role has been as Assistant Herbarium Curator with particular responsibility for the cultivated plants, where she curates the cultivated specimens in the RBGE herbarium and manages the vouchering of research material from the living collections.

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