Flowering Plants

Flowering Plants : A Pictorial Guide to the World's Flora

Edited by Leon Gray

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A beautifully illustrated reference to more than 100 flowering plant families. "Flowering Plants: A Pictorial Guide to the World's Flora" is a comprehensive source of botanical information. More than 100 flowering plant families are profiled with authoritative text and featured in more than 700 beautiful artworks. The book is divided into the two flowering plant groups: the dicotyledons, or dicots, which typically have two leaves in the seed's embryo, and the monocotyledons, or monocots, which typically have one leaf in the seed's embryo. This handsome reference includes familiar ornamentals, such as carnations, begonias and daffodils, as well as plants that are not as well known for their flowers, such as milkweed, ginseng and tea. Each entry is presented across two or more pages and includes a full page of detailed color illustrations that show the plant's anatomy, with all parts labeled in Latin and English. The expert text describes the plant's physical features, distribution and economic uses. Also included is a classification list of all plant families. An easily navigated reference, "Flowering Plants: A Pictorial Guide to the World's Flora" is ideal for gardeners, horticulturalists and anyone interested in botany.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 24mm | 580.6g
  • 06 Jan 2011
  • FIREFLY BOOKS
  • English
  • colour illustrations, figures
  • 1554077672
  • 9781554077670
  • 1,487,465

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Vernon H. Heywood, PhD, is emeritus professor of botany at the University of Reading, England. He is a world authority on biodiversity and plant systematics, and his publications include more than 60 books and 500 scholarly papers.

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Overall, this is a beautiful book to review in both content and layout... The numerous plant illustrations are well placed, detailed, and large enough to discern essential plant features. The book is visually appealing... and the overall layout is clean and reader friendly. It is also reasonably priced. As an introduction to the world's flowering plant families, I can think of no better book. This would make an excellent gift to any plant lover and an excellent way to introduce someone into plant family classification. For those more familiar with taxonomy, it is still worth the purchase to have something more condensed than the Heywood book... It is a delight to own and read.--Don Rost"Economic Botany, Vol. 66(1), pp. 99-109" (01/01/2012)

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