Guide to Standard Floras of the World: An Annotated, Geographically Arranged Systematic Bibliography of the Principal Floras, Enumerations, Checklists and Chorological Atlases of Different Areas

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 14, 2001 - Science
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This 2001 book provides a selective annotated bibliography of the principal floras and related works of inventory for vascular plants. The second edition was completely updated and expanded to take into account the substantial literature of the late twentieth century, and features a more fully developed review of the history of floristic documentation. The works covered are principally specialist publications such as floras, checklists, distribution atlases, systematic iconographies and enumerations or catalogues, although a relatively few more popularly oriented books are also included. The Guide is organised in ten geographical divisions, with these successively divided into regions and units, each of which is prefaced with a historical review of floristic studies. In addition to the bibliography, the book includes general chapters on botanical bibliography, the history of floras, and general principles and current trends, plus an appendix on bibliographic searching, a lexicon of serial abbreviations, and author and geographical indexes.

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Middle America
South America
Australasia and islands of the southwest Indian Ocean Malagassia
Northern central and southwestern extra monsoonal Asia
Southern eastern and southeastern monsoonal Asia
Greater Malesia and Oceania

Systematic bibliography
Conventions and abbreviations
Conspectus of divisions and superregions
World floras isolated oceanic islands and polar regions
North America north of Mexico
Major general bibliographies indices and library catalogues covering world floristic literature
Abbreviations of serials cited
Addenda in proof
Geographical index
Author index

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Page 35 - These descriptions should be clear, concise, accurate, and characteristic, so that each one should be readily adapted to the plant it relates to, and to no other ; they should be as nearly as possible arranged under natural divisions, so as to facilitate the comparison of each plant with those nearest allied to it ; and they should be accompanied by an artificial key or index, by means of which the student may be guided step by step in the observation of such peculiarities, or characters, in his...
Page 35 - ... different meanings to the same word. The botanist's endeavours should always be, on the one hand, to make as near an approach to precision as circumstances will allow, and, on the other hand, to avoid that prolixity of detail and overloading with technical terms which tends rather to confusion than clearness. In this he will be more or less successful. The aptness of a botanical description, like the beauty of a work of imagination, will always vary with the style and genius of the author.
Page 35 - Flora of a country, is to afford the means of determining (ie ascertaining the name of) any plant growing in it, whether for the purpose of ulterior study or of intellectual exercise. 2. With this view, a Flora consists of descriptions of all the wild or native plants contained in the country in question, so drawn up and arranged that the student may identify with the corresponding description any individual specimen which he may gather. 3. These descriptions should be clear, concise, accurate, and...
Page 35 - I repeat them here: 1 ) The principal object of a Flora of a country, is to afford the means of determining (ie ascertaining the name of) any plant growing in it, whether for the purpose of ulterior study or of intellectual exercise.

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