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The Flowering Plants

Flowering Rush to Rushes: Flowering Rush to Rushes

Robert H. Mohlenbrock

Publication Year: 2006

The second edition of Flowering Plants: Flowering Rush to Rushes offers new material, including a preface, seventeen new illustrations of the additional species now known from Illinois, a revised list of illustrations, and an appendix of the additions and changes since 1970 in the identification, classification, and location of the plants included in the first edition. This new edition of the first volume in the multi-volume series of The Illustrated Flora of Illinois—which provides a working reference for the identification and classification of these plant forms in the state—includes flowering rushes, arrowheads, pondweeds, naiads, duckweeds, cattails, bur reeds, spiderworts, and rushes.

In his introduction, Robert H. Mohlenbrock defines terms and procedures used in the identification and classification of this group of flowering plants referred to as monocotyledons—plants that produce upon germination a single cotyledon or seed-leaf and are often identified by their tall, slender, grass-like leaves. He outlines the life histories and morphologies of the representative monocots and illustrates the plants’ habits and frequencies in Illinois.

Geared to the amateur as well as the professional botanist, the volume includes a glossary of definitions and identification keys to classify the plants according to order, family, genus, and species. The identifying characteristics of each descending class are also given in detail. The morphology of each species is outlined along with data on frequency of occurrence, related soil and climate conditions, and history of past collections. Among the 125 illustrations are detailed sketches of the important features of each species and maps indicating the geographical locations of each species in Illinois. 

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Illustration List

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pp. ix-

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Preface to the Second Edition

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pp. xiii-

Since the publication of the first edition of Flowering Rush to Rushes in 1970, twenty-one additional taxa of plants covered by this book have been discovered in Illinois. In addition, numerous nomenclatural changes have occurred for plants already known from the state, and a myriad of new county records have been added. This second...

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Preface

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pp. xv-

After having worked with various aspects of the Illinois Flora for over a decade, I came to the realization that not a great amount of information was known about all the Illinois Flora, and that which was known was of a nature which was virtually useless to the average person wanting to know...

County Map of Illinois

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pp. 2-

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Introduction

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pp. 3-17

This is the first of many volumes devoted to the flowering plants of Illinois. The first six of these will be concerned with that group of flowering plants referred to by botanists as monocotyledons, or monocots. Technically, these are plants which produce, on the germination of the seed, a single...

Key to the Families of Monocotyledons in Illinois

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pp. 18-21

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Descriptions and Illustrations

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pp. 22-248

Herbaceous perennials of marshes, with usually basal leaves; flowers bisexual or unisexual, regular; perianth composed of two distinct series of three members each, at least the inner series petaloid; stamens 6-40, spirally arranged; ovaries 6 or more, free or coherent only at the base; fruit an...

Species Excluded

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pp. 249-252

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Appendix: Additions and Changes to the First Edition

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pp. 255-313

Since the publication of the first edition of Flowering Rush to Rushes in 1970, several additions to the flora of Illinois in the families covered by this book have been made, and many new distributional records have been added. Also, a large number of nomenclatural revisions have taken place, resulting in numerous alterations in scientific...

Summary of the Taxa Treated in This Volume

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pp. 315-

Glossary

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pp. 317-324

Literature Cited

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pp. 325-329

Index of Plant Names

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pp. 331-336


E-ISBN-13: 9780809389919
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809326877

Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2006

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