This plant book aims to help identify flowering plants to genus and family level anywhere in the world. In 2014 there are very few available works which are both comprehensive and up-to-date for all the flowering plants families and genera of the world. The Flowering Plants Handbook is an easy to use identification guide to the worlds flowering plants designed for both specialists and non-specialists and from beginner to expert. The book contains descriptions of all currently recognised flowering plant families, morphological notes for 6656 genera (all current genera for 398/413 families) and over 3000 images and illustrations. Flowering plants can be identified using the book to family and much of the world's generic diversity in four 'easy' steps. Some plants will be identified correctly quickly, whilst others may require some retracing of steps and take a little more time. The advantage of this book is that it helps the user learn about the classification system and plant diversity during the identification process. This work was compiled and developed using the living, library and herbarium collections at the University of Aberdeen, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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Dr James W. Byng is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He recently completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and previously completed the MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the University of Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. His research is mainly focused on the systematics of Syzygium (Myrtaceae) and the biogeography and floristics of Old World plants.
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