European Garden Flora: A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass

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Stuart Max Walters
Cambridge University Press, Mar 31, 1986 - Nature - 448 pages
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The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental plants. It is designed to meet the highest scientific standards but the vocabulary is kept as uncomplicated as possible so that it is fully accessible to the informed gardener and landscape architect as well as to the professional botanists. Although based upon Europe the series will be an extremely useful reference on plants in cultivation throughout the world. Families, genera and species are described, keys are provided and guidance is given on the cultivation of each genus. Volume I is the first in a series of six; it contains accounts of the ferns and their allies, the conifers and 16 families of monocotyledons, including the Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae and Iridaceae, to which most of the popular bulbous garden plants belong.
  

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Contents

PTERIDOPHYTA
1
Diagram to illustrate the terminology used in the Ferns
2
PSILOPSIDA
3
Silhouettes of fern allies
4
SPHENOPSIDA
5
FILICOPSIDA
6
327 Silhouettes of fernfronds between 11 66
11
GYMNOSPERMAE
68
APONOGETONACEAE
116
POTAMOGETONACEAE
117
Hosta leafblades
135
Perianthsegments and nectaries of Calochortus
173
Perianthsegments and nectaries of Calochortus
175
Types of Lilium flowers
194
Flowers of Agapanthus
231
Shoots and flowers of Danae Ruse us and Semele
264

Gymnosperms
69
CYCADALES
70
ARAUCARIACEAE
72
CEPHALOTAXACEAE
73
PODOCARPACEAE
74
TAXODIACEAE
77
CUPRESSACEAE
79
Thuya cones
81
PINACEAE
87
TAXACEAE
105
GINKGOACEAE
106
GNETALES
107
ANGIOSPERMAE MONOCOTYLEDONS
108
ALISMATACEAE
111
BUTOMACEAE
113
HYDROCHARITACEAE
114
AGAVACEAE
271
Leaf characters in Agavaceae
272
HAEMODORACEAE
290
AMARYLLIDACEAE
291
Sections of flowers of various genera of Amaryllidaceae to show the coronas
292
TECOPHILAEACEAE
326
VELLOZIACEAE
328
DIOSCOREACEAE
329
PONTEDERIACEAE
331
IRIDACEAE
332
Inflorescences of Iridaceae
333
Flowers of Iris 335
354
Characters used in the identification of Crocus species
363
Glossary
393
Index
403
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About the author (1986)

Max Walters has enjoyed a distinguished career at the University of Cambridge spanning thirty five years, beginning in 1948 when he was appointed Curator of the Herbarium in the Botany School and afterwards Lecturer in Botany, and culminating in 1983 when he retired from the position of Director of the University Botanic Garden, a post which he held for the previous 10 years. He held a Research Fellowship at St. John's, Henslow's own college, and after that an Official Fellowship at King's College. His interest in John Stevens Henslow was awakened during his preparation of his book The Shaping of Cambridge Botany (1981), which considers in part the role played by Henslow in establishing the University Botanic garden on its present site. His research at that time revealed that a new biography of Henslow was possible and desirable, but it was not until some 15 years later, having found a suitable and willing co-author in Anne Stow, that he decided to take up the challenge and begin work on a new biography of this remarkable academic, the first to be published for more than 25 years.