Synopses & Reviews
Understanding the flowering plants of any region begins with the recognition of families. This remarkable volume, created to serve students, professionals, and other plant enthusiasts, covers 130 temperate to tropical families common in North America with detailed illustrations and modern referenced commentaries. Each family discussion includes a diagnosis and summary of characteristics, distribution data, important economic members, and pollination ecology. The book's most striking feature is Zomlefer's 158 original pen-and-ink plates depicting intricate dissections of 312 species.
The content of the family discussions is geared to readers who have completed one introductory biology course. For readers less familiar with botanical terminology, Zomlefer provides an illustrated glossary of 551 terms with more than 300 drawings. Other important tutorial features are twenty-two detailed charts that compare pertinent characteristics of certain related plant groups and a general chart that summarizes the salient features of the families covered in the text. Both amateurs and professionals will particularly enjoy the chapter on examining, dissecting, and sketching live material.
As taxonomically accurate as it is beautiful, and fills a real need in the community of systematic botanists.
Walter S. Judd, Systematic Botany
Anyone enthusiastic about plants should have the volume on their shelves.
Sandra Knapp, Nature
A book for taxonomists and for book lovers, a pleasure to hold and to open at any point.
Neil A. Harriman, Economic Botany
Superbly executed. . . . An impressive amount of thought, labor, and firsthand experience with plants obviously went into this synthesis.
Rudolf Schmid, Taxon
About the Author
Dr. Wendy B. Zomlefer is a curator at the University of Georgia Herbarium. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in botany from the University of Florida and her B.S. in botany from the University of Vermont. She is a plant taxonomist with numerous scientific publications and also has over twenty-five years experience as a professional scientific illustrator.