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Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden

Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden

Series Editors: Buck, William R., Kelly, Lawrence M.

ISSN: 0077-8931

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Launched in 1900 by The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), and with 120 volumes published as of 2019, Memoirs has traditionally focused on taxonomy and floristics, with an emphasis on plants of the Western Hemisphere. Most titles comprised a single volume (e.g., vol.1, Catalogue of the Flora of Montana and Yellowstone National Park), but quite a few were multi-volume titles and constitute some of the most iconic and substantial monographic publications of NYBG. Notable examples of multi-parted titles focused on particular taxonomic groups include these three on legumes: Atlas of North American Astragalus, vol. 13, two parts; The American Cassiinae, vol. 35, two parts; Silk Tree, Guanacaste, Monkey’s Earring: A generic system for the synandrous Mimosaceae of the Americas, vol. 74, three parts; these examples represent some of the major publications of Rupert Barneby and his collaborators over more than three decades in the late 20th century. An excellent example from Memoirs of a multi-parted work focusing on a specific geographic site is the four-parted volume 76, initiated by Scott A. Mori, published between 1997 and 2009: Guide to Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana. Part 1. Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Monocotyledons; Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana. Part 2. Dicotyledons; Guide to the Plants of Central French Guiana. Part 3. Mosses; and Guide to the Plants of Central French Guiana. Part 4. Liverworts and Hornworts; for volume 76 more than 100 scientists contributed taxonomic treatments. However, the most massive series of books in the Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden was certainly the 13-parted Botany of the Guayana Highland, initiated by Bassett Maguire in 1953, and spanning 36 years to the final part published in 1989; more than 65 scientists contributed to taxonomic treatments in this series.

Memoirs has also published a number of volumes of conference proceedings in recent years, most notably Proceedings of Cycad 1987: The 1st International Conference on Cycad Biology, vol. 57; Proceedings of Cycad 2005: The 7th International Conference on Cycad Biology, vol. 97; Proceedings of Cycad 2008: The 8th International Conference on Cycad Biology, vol. 106; Proceedings of Cycad 2011: The 9th International Conference on Cycad Biology, vol. 117. All of these cycad volumes were produced under the sole or co-editorship of Dennis Wm. Stevenson.

In recent years, the Memoirs series has expanded to encompass field guides and botanical history as well. Examples of such titles include Liverworts of New England, vol. 96, Macrolichens of New England, vol. 99; Common Lichens of Northeastern North America: A Field Guide, vol. 112; The Lichens and Allied Fungi of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Annotated Checklist with Comprehensive Keys, vol. 104; and Britton's Botanical Empire: The New York Botanical Garden and American Botany, 1888–1929, vol. 94.

All in-print volumes of Memoirs through volume 120, are available exclusively through NYBG Shop: https://www.nybgshop.org/nybg-press/books-in-series/memoirs-of-the-new-york-botanical-garden. Volumes 121 and going forward are available exclusively through Springer.