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The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook

Second Edition

Second Edition

The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook is an authoritative guide to the commonly encountered and ecologically important plants of the tropics. Written by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this handbook is based on Kew’s popular Tropical Plant Identification course, which uses classical morphology, as well as more simple “spot” characteristics, to teach plant identification.

This fully updated second edition adds seventeen new family and subfamily descriptions and includes updated research throughout. Each of the one hundred families is described in detail and richly illustrated with photographs that show important identification characteristics. The book’s emphasis on images and the foundations of identification means that both specialists and nonspecialists alike will be able to use this guide.

The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook is a portable, easy-to-use resource, perfect for tropical botanists as well as students and conservation professionals.

232 pages | 2,500 color plates, 100 maps | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2015

Biological Sciences: Botany


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Table of Contents

Introduction
How to use this book
Family accounts (listed by Order)

Hymenophyllales
Cyatheales
Polypodiales
Piperales
Magnoliales
Laurales
Alismatales
Dioscoreales
Pandanales
Liliales
Asparagales
Arecales
Commelinales
Zingiberales
Poales
Ranunculales
Vitales
Zygophyllales
Fabales
Rosales
Fagales
Cucurbitales
Celastrales
Oxalidales
Malpighiales
Myrtales
Sapindales
Malvales
Brassicales
Santalales
Caryophyllales
Ericales
Unplaced
Gentianales
Boraginales
Solanales
Lamiales
Asterales
Apiales

Acknowledgements
References
Index of plant names

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