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A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of Northwest South America: With Supplementary Notes on Herbaceous Taxa
by Alwyn H. Gentry
illustrated by Rodolfo Vasquez
University of Chicago Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-226-28943-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-28944-1

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
To understand almost any part of the tropical rain forest's fabulously complex web of life, one must first learn to identify a bewildering array of plants. Alwyn Gentry's landmark book, completed just before his tragic death in 1993, is the only field guide to the nearly 250 families of woody plants in the most species-rich region of South America.

As a consummate field researcher, Gentry designed this guide to be not just comprehensive, but also easy to use in rigorous field conditions. Unlike many field guides, which rely for their identifications on flowers and fruits that are only present during certain seasons, Gentry's book focuses on characters such as bark, leaves, and odor that are present year-round. His guide is filled with clear illustrations, step-by-step keys to identification, and a wealth of previously unpublished data.

All biologists, wildlife managers, conservationists, and government officials concerned with the tropical rain forests will need and use this field guide.

Alwyn Gentry was one of the world's foremost experts on the biology of tropical plants. He was senior curator at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and was a member of Conservation International's interdisciplinary Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) team, which inventories the biodiversity of the most threatened tropical areas. From 1967 to 1993 he collected more than 80,000 plant specimens, many of them new to science.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Foreword
    Acknowledgments
    List of Figures
    Introduction
    Key Outline
    Key to Families
    Key I - Leaves Opposite or Whorled (and Compound)
    Key II - Leaves Alternate (and Compound)
    Key III - Leaves Simple and Opposite (or Whorled)
    Key IV - Leaves Simple and Alternate
    Special Habit Lists and Figures
    Ferns and Gymnosperms
    Monocots
    Dicots
    Index: Common Names
    Index: Scientific Names
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