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Oktober 1999



Perhaps no other group of plants attracts more interest among both professional and amateur botanists than ferns. As early as 1846, when one of the first lists of Illinois plants was published, sixteen species of ferns were already known in the state. The longtime interest of a great many people makes the distribution of ferns better known than that of any other group of plants in Illinois.This detailed account of ferns and fern-allies was first published in 1967 as the first volume in the series The Illustrated Flora of Illinois. Eminent botanist Robert H. Mohlenbrock has now revised Ferns to include twenty-five additional taxa of ferns that have since been discovered in Illinois. In addition, numerous nomenclatural changes have occurred for plants already known in the state.New illustrations have been provided for all of the additions except for the gametophytic Trichomanes intricatum, the hybrid Huperzia X bartleyi, Ophioglossum pusillum, and Asplenium trichomanes ssp. quadrivalens. Illustrations for these taxa would not have been practical since their recognizable characteristics are subtle.The introductory information of Ferns includes discussions of the morphology and life history of the ferns and fern-allies, the taxonomic history of the group in Illinois, and the habitats where they can be found. The semitechnical keys and descriptions, familiar to the professional botanist, have been simplified for the novice and are accompanied by a glossary and a profuse use of illustrations. A new key has been included for the additional ferns. Two general keys enable the reader to identify the order and the genus of the fern or fern-ally in question. One of these is designed foruse with specimens that have sporangia; the other is for use with sterile specimens. The keys are composed of a hierarchy of characteristics for determining the order, family, and genus of any given specimen. Once a genus is ascertained, the reader can apply its key to more t


Robert H. Mohlenbrock was a Distinguished Professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he taught botany for thirty-four years. Since his retirement in 1990, he has served as a senior scientist for Biotic Consultants, Inc. Since 1984 he has been a monthly columnist for "Natural History "magazine. Among his 37 books and more than 470 publications are "Macmillan's Field Guide to North American Wildflowers "and "Field Guide to the US. National Forests."
EAN: 9780809322558
ISBN: 0809322552
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1999
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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