Practical Plant Identification

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September 2006



Practical Plant Identification is an essential guide to identifying flowering plant families (wild or cultivated) in the northern hemisphere. Details of plant structure and terminology accompany practical keys to identify 318 families into which flowering plants are currently divided. Specifically designed for practical use, the keys can easily be worked backwards for checking identifications. Containing descriptions of families and listings of the genera within, it also includes a section on further identification to generic and specific levels. A successor to the author's bestselling The Identification of Flowering Plant Families, this new guide is fully revised and updated, and retains the same concise user-friendly approach. Cullen skillfully leads the reader from restrictive disciplines of older taxonomy, into an era of increasing numbers of plant families defined by DNA analysis. Aimed primarily at students of botany and horticulture, this is a perfect introduction to plant identification for anyone interested in plant taxonomy.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Examining the plant: a brief survey of plant structure and its associated terminology; Using the keys; Keys; 'Spot' characters; Arrangement and description of families; Further identification and annotated bibliography; Glossary; Index.


James Cullen is Director of the Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust. He is also holder of the Gold Vetch Memorial Medal which is awarded to people who have helped in the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture.


"This is a very practical, handy-sized book for gardeners and students of horticulture and botany." Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden
EAN: 9780521678773
ISBN: 0521678773
Untertitel: Including a Key to Native and Cultivated Flowering Plants in North Temperate Regions. 8 b/w illus. 2 tables. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 370 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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