Plant form : an illustrated guide to flowering plant morphology /

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Author / Creator:Bell, Adrian D.
Edition:New ed., Expanded, updated ed.
Imprint:Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2008.
Description:431 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Format: Print Book
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Varying Form of Title:Illustrated guide to flowering plant morphology
Other authors / contributors:Bryan, Alan.
Notes:First ed. published by Oxford University Press in 1991.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-391) and index.
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A very well written and designed book, essentially an illustrated glossary-with-extended-discussion of the external structure of flowering plants. Part 1 presents the purely descriptive terminology of those structures; part 2 is devoted to constructional organization, with chapters on meristem position, potential, activity and disruption, and a final chapter on branch construction concentrating on tree architecture. Much thought was devoted to the layout of the book, which is generally two facing pages per topic, the left with concise text and color photographs, the right with multiple line drawings, captions, and occasional text. Although each two-page spread holds together as a unit, there is extensive cross-annotation to both text and illustrations. Structural examples from the plant life of all continents are successfully utilized. The quality of the photographs, illustrations, and, indeed, the entire book, is superb. Those familiar with the subject can use it as an illustrated dictionary; for others it will function as a fascinating introduction to plant morphology. Any library will find grateful users, especially among biologists, horticulturists, and ecologists. G. D. Dreyer Connecticut College

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