Flora of North America: North of Mexico Volume 1: Introduction

Hardcover | November 1, 1993

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To be published in 14 volumes over the next 12 years, this long-awaited synoptic compendium represents the first and only comprehensive taxonomic guide to the extraordinary diversity of plant life blanketing our continent north of Mexico--including Greenland and the St. Pierre and Miquelonislands. The collaborative effort of more than 30 major U.S. and Canadian botanical institutions, it revises and synthesizes literally thousands of floristic monographs and regional floras published over the last three centuries. But more than that, it distills the original herbarium, laboratory,and field work of hundreds of contributors--all of them leading botanists and taxonomic authorities who have joined forces to develop this century's premier tool for identifying, understanding, and conserving North America's priceless floristic heritage. Concise, easy to use, and beautifully boundand illustrated, Flora of North America is an indispensable working resource for botanists, conservationists, ecologists, agronomists, foresters, range and land managers, horticulturists,--anyone with a serious interest in the distribution, habitat, morphology, and survival of the wide-ranging plantlife around us. Each of its taxonomic volumes brings together the full spectrum of critical botanical data, from basic descriptions to chromosome numbers. The entries also correct erroneous information, qualify misapplied variant names, and note known hybridizations. Findings derived from recentexperimental work and from numerical taxonomy are incorporated, and to assure accuracy, these data have been extensively reviewed and tested by cooperating taxonomic specialists. Volume 1 consists of a series of introductory essays by nearly two dozen noted botanical authorities. Among the topicscovered are the transformation of North American plant life since the end of the Mesozoic era some 70 million years ago; the influence of geographic, climatic, and soil factors; the impact of human cultivation; great naturalists and their contributions to botany and floristics since the age ofColumbus; and approaches to plant classification, with particular attention to the evolutionarily unique pteridophytes and gymnosperms that are covered in Volume 2.

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To be published in 14 volumes over the next 12 years, this long-awaited synoptic compendium represents the first and only comprehensive taxonomic guide to the extraordinary diversity of plant life blanketing our continent north of Mexico--including Greenland and the St. Pierre and Miquelonislands. The collaborative effort of more than...

The Editorial Committee of the Flora of North America (FNA) is responsible for the authoritative, multivolume work describing the native plants of North America.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.62 × 11.22 × 1.14 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Theodore M. Barkley: ForewordNancy R. Morin and Richard W. Spellenberg: Introduction: History of the Flora of North America ProjectPART I: Physical Setting1. Luc Brouillet and R. David Whetstone: Climate and Physiography2. Donald Steila: SoilsPART II: Vegetation and Climates of the Past3. Alan Graham: History of the Vegetation: Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) and Tertiary4. Paul A. Delcourt and Hazel R. Delcourt: Paleoclimates, Paleovegetation, and Paleofloras during the Late QuaternaryPART III: Contemporary Vegetation and Phytogeography5. Michael Barbour and Norman Christensen: Vegetation6. Robert F. Thorne: PhytogeographyPART IV: Humankind and the Flora7. James Reveal and James Pringle: Taxonomic Botany and Floristics8. Ronald Stuckey and Theodore Barkley: Weeds9. Charles B. Heiser Jr.: Ethnobotany and Economic Botany10. George Yatskievych and Richard Spellenberg: Plant ConservationPART V: Classifications and Classification Systems11. G. Ledyard Stebbins: Concepts of Species and Genera12. Warren H. Wagner Jr. and Alan R. Smith: Pteridophytes13. James Eckenwalder: Gymnosperms14. Arthur Cronquist: A Commentary on the General System of Classification of Flowering Plants15. James Reveal: Flowering Plant Families: An OverviewLiterature CitedIndex

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