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Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Northeastern North America, Volume II

A Revised and Enlarged Edition of Norman C. Fassett's A Manual of Aquatic Plants, Volume II: Angiosperms: Monocotyledons

Garrett E. Crow and C. Barre Hellquist

Publication Year: 1999

This is by far the best and most comprehensive manual and illustrated guide to native and naturalized vascular plants—ferns, conifers, and flowering plants—growing in aquatic and wetland habitats in northeastern North America, from Newfoundland west to Minnesota and south to Virginia and Missouri. Published in two volumes, this long-awaited work completely revises and greatly expands Norman Fassett’s 1940 classic A Manual of Aquatic Plants, yet retains the features that made Fassett’s book so useful.

 Features include:
 *  coverage of 1139 plant species, 1186 taxa, 295 genera, 109 families
 *  more than 600 pages of illustrations, and illustrations for more than 90% of the taxa
 *  keys for each species include references to corresponding illustrations
 *  habitat information, geographical ranges, and synonomy
 *  a chapter on nuisance aquatic weeds
 *  glossaries of botanical and habitat terms
 *  a full index for each volume

Wetland ecologists, botanists, resource managers, public naturalists, and environmentalists concerned with the preservation of wetland areas, which are increasingly threatened, will welcome this clear, workable, and comprehensive guide.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

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pp. vii-viii

The first edition of Fassett's Manual of Aquatic Plants appeared in 1940 and quickly became a classic in its field. Its success was, in large part, due to Dr. Fassett's aim to provide a manual which would make possible the identification of an aquatic plant in sterile as well as reproductive conditions. He made an all-out effort to construct his ...

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pp. ix-x

Illustrations have come from a variety of sources; these sourcs are identified in parentheses in the captions, either by author or by an acronym we've assigned. A large number of illustrations are retained from the original edition of Fassett's Manual (F). Many plates were taken from our aquatic Vascular Plants of New England series, pub-...

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pp. xi-xii

The aim of this work is to aid in the identification of vascular plants which are native or have become naturalized in aquatic and wetland habitats of the Northeast. As a taxonomic-floristic work. it is designed to be of value to biologists. students of biology. conservationists. environmental consultants. personnel of local. state. and federal ...

Map of geographical area

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Nuisance Aquatic Plants of the Northeast

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pp. xv-xviii

Aquatic plants are becoming an increasingly common nuisance in lakes. ponds. and streams of the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. Areas in the northern portion of this manual's range tend to be relatively free of some of the more severe weed problems affecting more southern areas. Yet. fishermen. boaters. ...

General Keys

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pp. xix-ivi


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Subclass Alismatidae: Butomaceae / Flowering-rush Family

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pp. 3-75

Perennials, arising from fleshy rhizomes; leaves erect or floating; flowers pink, bisexual, numerous, borne in an umbel; carpels 6, separate, connate at very base; fruit a whorl of follicles with long beaks. ...

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Subclass Arecidae: Acoraceae / Sweet-flag Family

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pp. 76-84

Emersed perennials. arising from thick. creeping. aromatic rhizomes; leaves long-linear; flowers bisexual. 3-merous. greenish; fruit a gelatinous, few-seeded berry,...

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Subclass Commelinidae: Xyridaceae / Yellow-eyed-grass Family

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pp. 85-309

Emersed perennials; leaves grass-like, basal, 2-ranked, blades linear, abruptly or gradually dilated toward base; inflorescence a com pact, head-like spike; flowers bisexual, borne in axils of leathery or chaffy, overlapping bracts, often a single flower open at a time; petals yellow; fruit a capsule. ...

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Subclass Zingiberidae: Marantaceae / Arrowroot Family

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pp. 310-311

Perennial herbs, large, erect, arising from thick rhizomes; leaves large, alternate, basal, long-petioled; inflorescence a narrow to spreading panicle; flowers bisexual, in pairs, subtended by 2 bracts; sepals 3, small; petals 3, llanceolate, 2 obovate, purple; ovary Inferior; fruit a fleshy blueish-purple utricle. ...

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Subclass Liliidae: Pontederiaceae / Pickerel-weed Family

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pp. 312-350

Perennial and annual herbs; leaves subcircular. ovate to broadly elliptic. petioles often inflated; inflorescence spike-like; flowers violet-blue with yellow streaks. subtended by a spathe-like bract; fruit a capsule. ...


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pp. 351-352

Glossary of Plant Terms

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pp. 353-362

Glossary of Habitat Terms

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pp. 363-364


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pp. 365-372


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pp. 373-400

E-ISBN-13: 9780299162832
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299162801

Publication Year: 1999