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The European Garden Flora, Volume 4: Dicotyledons: Aquifoliaceae to Hydrophyllaceae

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Series: The European Garden Flora Volume: 4

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

619 pages, 38 b/w line drawings

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 2011 | Edition: 2 | #186838 | ISBN-13: 9780521761604
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Volume 4 contains accounts for 82 families, mostly rather small, but including the Primulaceae (with Primula as its largest genus) and Ericaceae (with Rhododendron, the largest genus in the Flora).

"There is a wealth of information here, both scientific and practical. The authors have achieved what might have seemed impossible: they have taken a step towards the relief of the botanist's frustration in the garden and at the same time they have provided the horticulturalist with a concise compendium of modern botanical knowledge."
- Nature

" [...] one of the most important horticultural publishing ventures of the century [...] The work aims to describe not only all the woody and herbaceous plants known to grow in gardens throughout the continent but also those we grow in greenhouses. The eventual total will be more than 25,000. While the illustrations are of line drawings, which usually tell you much more than photographs, throughout there are keys by which, when the five volumes are complete, you will be able to identify almost any garden plant you are ever likely to encounter."
- The Daily Telegraph


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
179. Aquifoliaceae
180. Corynocarpaceae
181. Celastraceae
182. Staphyleaceae
183. Stackhousiaceae
184. Buxaceae
185. Simmondsiaceae
186. Icacinaceae
187. Rhamnaceae
188. Vitaceae
189. Leeaceae
190. Elaeocarpaceae
191. Tiliaceae
192. Malvaceae
193. Bombacaceae
194. Sterculiaceae
195. Thymelaeaceae
196. Elaeagnaceae
197. Flacourtiaceae
198. Violaceae
199. Stachyuraceae
200. Turneraceae
201. Passifloraceae
202. Cistaceae
203. Bixaceae
204. Cochlospermaceae
205. Tamaricaceae
206. Frankeniaceae
207. Elatinaceae
208. Caricaceae
209. Loasaceae
210. Datiscaceae
211. Begoniaceae
212. Cucurbitaceae
213. Lythraceae
214. Trapaceae
215. Myrtaceae
216. Punicaceae
217. Lecythidaceae
218. Melastomataceae
219. Combretaceae
220. Onagraceae
221. Haloragaceae
222. Gunneraceae
223. Hippuridaceae
224. Alangiaceae
225. Nyssaceae
226. Davidiaceae
227. Griseliniaceae
228. Cornaceae
229. Helwingiaceae
230. Aucubaceae
231. Garryaceae
232. Araliaceae
233. Umbelliferae
234. Diapensiaceae
235. Clethraceae
236. Pyrolaceae
237. Ericaceae
238. Empetraceae
239. Epacridaceae
240. Theophrastaceae
241. Myrsinaceae
242. Primulaceae
243. Plumbaginaceae
244. Sapotaceae
245. Ebenaceae
246. Styracaceae
247. Symplocaceae
248. Oleaceae
249. Loganiaceae
250. Desfontainiaceae
251. Gentianaceae
252. Menyanthaceae
253. Apocynaceae
254. Asclepiadaceae
255. Rubiaceae
256. Polemoniaceae
257. Cobaeaceae
258. Fouquieriaceae
259. Convolvulaceae
260. Hydrophyllaceae


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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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