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By: De-Zhi Fu
Language: Chinese with scientific nomenclature
This set of books records existing vascular plants of 1,282,280 species belonging to 819 families, 42,186 genera around the world, among them acceptable 283,341-356,015 species belonging to 819 families and 17,394 genera. It covers the fern flora in 67 families, 964 genera (acceptable 437 genera containing 8691-8782 species); gymnosperm flora in 17 families,215 genera (acceptable 98 genera containing 1067-1483 species); angiosperm flora in 735 families, 41,007 genera (acceptable 16,859 genera containing 281,192-345,936 species). The books record the geographic distribution of vascular plants over the world in seven continents, among them 44,231 species belonging to 416 families, 3864 genera from Africa; 90,338 species belonging to 537 families, 5528 genera from Asia; 641 species belonging to 23 families, 73 genera from the Antarctic; 41,701 species belonging to 476 families, 4202 genera from Australia; 14,295 species belonging to 249 families, 1366 genera from Europe; 47,065 species belonging to 471 families, 4783 genera from North America; and 84,300 species belonging to 437 families, 5266 genera from South America.
The last time a work of this scope has been undertaken is more than 200 years ago by the founder of modern botany, Carl Linnaeus, and more than 100 years ago by the British scholars G. Bentham and J. D. Hooker. The former edited less than 100 thousand of the plants at his time and the latter two edited more than 6000 families of plants at their time. The publication of this book is a huge contribution to the development of global botany by Chinese scholars, completing the global botanical history of the last century.
This set of books is the first world-class monograph on plant taxonomy and plant geography edited by Chinese scholars. It consists of 50 volumes, the first volume entitled "Names and Distribution of Families and Genera", the second volume "Classification Systems". The 3rd to the 50th volumes deal with the systematic accounts. This set is printed on demand, and in accompanied by an index on CD-ROM.
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