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Botany Illustrated

Introduction to Plants, Major Groups, Flowering Plant Families

Glimn-Lacy, Janice, Kaufman, Peter B.

2nd ed. 2006, XIV, 278 p. 130 illus.

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Botany Illustrated, Second Edition

This easy-to-use book helps you acquire a wealth of fascinating information about plants. There are 130 pages with text, each facing 130 pages of beautiful illustrations. Each page is a separate subject. Included is a coloring guide for the realistic illustrations. The illustration pages are composed of scientifically accurate line drawings with the true sizes of the plants indicated. Using colored pencils and the authors’ instructions, you can color the various plant structures to stand out in vivid clarity. Your knowledge of plants increases rapidly as you color the illustrations.

There is a balanced selection of subjects that deal with all kinds of plants. However, the emphasis is on flowering plants, which dominate the earth. Drawings show common houseplants, vegetables, fruits, and landscape plants. They also show common weeds, wild flowers, desert plants, water plants, and crop plants.

Botany Illustrated has three sections. An Introduction to Plants gives you facts on everything from cells to seeds. The Major Groups section is from fungi to algae, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants. In Flowering Plant Families are magnolias to asters, and water-plantains to orchids, with the families of major interest included. You will find plants used for food, ornamentals, lumber, medicines, herbs, dyes, and fertilizers, whether wild or poisonous, or of special importance to our Earth’s ecosystem.

Topics that will be of interest to you include:

  • Why leaves ‘turn’ color in autumn
  • How certain plants devour insects
  • How a flower develops into a fruit with seeds
  • Why some plants only flower at certain times of the year
  • How water, nutrients, and sugars move within a plant, including tall trees
  • How flowers are pollinated
  • The ‘inside’ story of how plants manufacture their own food
  • How plants are named and classified
  • How vines ‘climb’
  • Why ‘pinching’ makes plants ‘bushy’
  • How plants reproduce sexually
  • Why shoots grow towards light
  • How specific leaf colors can indicate specific mineral deficiencies

Botany Illustrated is especially easy to use because of its great flexibility. You can read the text and look at the drawings, read the text and color the drawings, or just enjoy coloring the drawings. No matter where your interests lead you, you will quickly find your knowledge of plants growing! Thus, this beautiful book will be of great value to students, scientists, artists, crafters, naturalists, home gardeners, teachers, and all plant lovers.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Apiaceae - Caryophyllaceae - Cyperaceae - Embryo - Fabaceae - Geraniaceae - Lamiaceae - Nymphaeaceae - Oleaceae - Orchidaceae - Poaceae - Ranunculaceae - Solanaceae - roots

Related subjects » Plant Sciences

Table of contents / Sample pages 

to Plants.- Names and Terms.- Cell Structure.- Cell Organelles.- Cell Pigments.- Cell—Water Movement.- Cell Chromosomes.- Cell—Mitosis.- Cell Types.- Tissue Systems of the Plant Body.- Tissue—Epidermis.- Tissue—Primary Vascular System.- Root Types and Modifications.- Root Tissues.- Stem Structure.- Stem Tissues.- Stem Modifications.- Stem—Water Transport.- Stem—Food Transport.- Stem—Apical Dominance.- Stem—Growth Movements.- Leaf Types and Arrangement.- Leaf Tissues.- Leaf Modifications.- Leaf—Photosynthesis.- Leaf—Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms.- Flower Initiation in Response to Daylength.- Flower Structure.- Flower Structure Variations.- Flower Development.- Flower—Meiosis.- Flower—Pollen Development.- Flower—Ovule Development.- Flower Pollination by Insects.- Flower Pollination by Insects (continued).- Flower Pollination by Wind.- Flower Pollination by Birds and Bats.- Flower—Fertilization and Embryo Development.- Fruit—Dry Types.- Fruit—Fleshy Types, Compound.- Seed Structure and Germination.- Major Groups.- Major Groups; Geologic Time Scale.- Fossils.- Fossils (continued).- Blue-greens.- Slime Molds.- Water Molds, Downy Mildews, White Rusts; Chytrids and Allies.- Fungi.- Molds, Mildews, Morels (Sac Fungi).- Rusts, Smuts, Jelly Fungi (Club Fungi).- Gill Fungi.- Gill and Pore Fungi.- Pore, Coral and Toothed Fungi.- Puffballs, Stinkhorns, Bird’s-nest Fungi.- Lichens.- Dinoflagellates.- Golden Algae, Yellow-green Algae, Diatoms.- Red Algae.- Green Algae.- Brown Algae.- Brown Algae (continued).- Brown Algae (continued).- Stoneworts.- Liverworts, Hornworts, Mosses.- Whisk Ferns.- Clubmosses, Spikemosses, Quillworts.- Horsetails.- Ferns.- Common Ferns.- Fern Leaf Development.- Water Ferns.- Cycads.- Ginkgo.- Conifers.- Gnetes.- Flowering Plant Classification.- Major Land Plant Communities.- Flowering Plant Families.- Magnolia Family (Magnoliaceae).- Laurel Family (Lauraceae).- Water Lily Family (Nymphaeaceae).- Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae).- Witch Hazel Family (Hamamelidaceae).- Elm Family (Ulmaceae).- Beech Family (Fagaceae).- Birch Family (Betulaceae).- Cactus Family (Cactaceae).- Cactus Family (continued).- Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae).- Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae).- Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae).- Mallow Family (Malvaceae).- Pitcher-plant Family (Sarraceniaceae).- Violet Family (Violaceae).- Begonia Family (Begoniaceae).- Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae).- Willow Family (Salicaceae).- Mustard Family (Brassicaceae).- Heath Family (Ericaceae).- Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae).- Rose Family (Rosaceae).- Pea Family (Fabaceae).- Dogwood Family (Cornaceae).- Staff-tree Family (Celastraceae).- Spurge Family (Euphorbiaceae).- Grape Family (Vitaceae).- Maple Family (Aceraceae).- Cashew Family (Anacardiaceae).- Rue Family (Rutaceae).- Geranium Family (Geraniaceae).- Carrot Family (Apiaceae).- Milkweed Family (Asclepiadaceae).- Nightshade Family (Solanaceae).- Morning Glory Family (Convolvulaceae).- Mint Family (Lamiaceae).- Olive Family (Oleaceae).- Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae).- Gesneria Family (Gesneriaceae).- Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae).- Teasel Family (Dipsacaceae).- Aster Family (Asteraceae).- Water-plantain Family (Alismataceae).- Spiderwort Family (Commelinaceae).- Sedge Family (Cyperaceae).- Grass Family (Poaceae).- Arrowroot Family (Marantaceae).- Palm Family (Arecaceae).- Palm Family (continued).- Arum Family (Araceae).- Lily Family (Liliaceae).- Iris Family (Iridaceae).- Orchid Family (Orchidaceae).

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