Description - Flowering Plants of the Neotropics by Nathan Smith
The American tropics are home to almost one-third of the world's flowering plants - more than any other area of the planet. This text presents a guide to this rich diversity of flora. It represents the work of 150 botanists and covers more than 280 families of plants known to occur in the Western Hemisphere between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. The expert text describes each family's features, diversity of genera and species, distribution, habitat, classification, botany, natural history and economic uses. More than 300 color illustrations and 250 botanical line drawings illustrate these showiest of New World plants - flora that range from the deserts of Mexico and the coasts of Central America to the vast lowland rainforests of Amazonia and the cloud forests of the Andes. Some of the plants described are distributed widely; others inhabit only one of the many unusual microclimates and habitats that result from tropical America's incredible variation in elevation and rainfall and its millions of years of geological change.
Well presented and informative, this volume should prove a useful reference for students, professional biologists, foresters, conservationists, tourists and all who appreciate the form and colour of flowering plants.
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(280mm x 216mm x 44mm)
Princeton University Press
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Author Biography - Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith is Curatorial Assistant for the Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. Scott A. Mori is the Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany in the Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. Andrew Henderson is Curator in the Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. Dennis Wm. Stevenson is the Vice President and Rupert Barneby Curator for Botanical Science at the New York Botanical Garden. Scott V. Heald is former Curatorial Assistant for the Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden.