Plants of the World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Vascular Plants

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Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2017 - Plants - 792 pages
This is the first comprehensive book to cover every vascular plant family in the world, including all families of lycopods, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Organised in a modern phylogenetic order (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group IV for flowering plants and equivalent systems for other groups), over 450 families are described in this illustrated encyclopedia, with full information relating to their characteristics, relationships, etymology, economic uses and distribution. Written by three world-renowned authors with wide interests in plant relationships, horticulture and modern genetic approaches to the study of biodiversity, the descriptions are accompanied by a lavish selection of photographs, illustrations and maps. Many of the illustrations are the work of the first author, Maarten Christenhusz, who is an accomplished photographer as well as a botanist. This authoritative, comprehensive and beautiful book will appeal to a wide audience, from undergraduate students to practising botanists and horticulturists as well as interested amateurs.

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Maarten J. M. Christenhusz is a freelance botanist who has worked for the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki, the Natural History Museum, London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is the founding editor of the journal Phytotaxa, deputy editor of the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, and coauthor of The Book of Orchids: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World, the last also published by the University of Chicago Press. Michael F. Fay is the senior research leader in conservation genetics at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and chair of the IUCN Orchid Specialist Group. He is chief editor of the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society and a leading researcher in conservation and evolution of plants. Mark W. Chase, former director of the Jodrell Laboratory at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is now a senior researcher there, focusing on genetics of orchids and tobacco. He is one of the founding researchers of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group and author of Orchids: The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Oncidium, coauthor of The Book of Orchids, and one of the four editors for the six-volume series Genera Orchidacearum. The authors live in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, where they grow more than 140 plant families in their private garden.

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