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Plant form; an illustrated guide to flowering plant morphology, rev. ed.


Plant form; an illustrated guide to flowering plant morphology, rev. ed.

Bell, Adrian D.

Timber Press


431 pages




Bell (biological science, Bangor U., etc.) and illustrator Bryan include over 1,000 beautiful line drawings and color photographs (works of art in themselves) to fully describe a wide range of plants. Fully updated from the 1991 edition, this covers principles of morphological description followed by the morphology of leaves, roots, stems, reproductive organs, and seedlings, with sections on vegetative multiplication, orchid morphology, and misfits such as Gesneriaceae. Bell then takes up the issue of constructional organization, explaining meristem position and potential, time of meristem activity, meristem disruption, and plant branch construction. This is a professional reference accessible enough for laymen's use, and better-looking than many purely pictorial efforts we've seen.

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