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Flowering Plants

Pokeweeds, Four-o'clocks, Carpetweeds, Cacti, Purslanes, Goosefoots, Pigweeds, and Pinks

Robert H. Mohlenbrock

Publication Year: 2001

Robert H. Mohlenbrock provides a definitive account of the pokeweed, four-o'clock, carpetweed, cactus, purslane, goosefoot, pigweed, and pink families in Illinois.

 

Flowering Plants: Pokeweeds, Four-o’clocks, Carpetweeds, Cacti, Purslanes, Goosefoots, Pigweeds, and Pinks is the fifteenth volume of the Illustrated Flora of Illinois series and the ninth devoted to dicots, or plants that have two seed-leaves, or cotyledons, upon germination. Each of the 141 plants is beautifully illustrated by Paul W. Nelson.

 

Nelson shows the full habitat of the plant and close-ups of various vegetative and reproductive structures that are crucial for the identification of individual species. Each illustration includes detailed drawings of the flowers, fruits, and seeds of the plant covered. Mohlenbrock provides a complete description of each species as well as a discussion of the nomenclature and habitats, and his fifty-three years of experience enable him to present little-known diagnostic features for many species. Range maps show the county distribution of each species in Illinois. Mohlenbrock includes a statement giving the overall range of each species in the United States as well as a detailed key for the identification of the species.

 

Flowering Plants contains many plants whose obscure flower parts make them exceedingly difficult to identify. The close-up illustrations of these parts will aid the user of the book immensely in identification of the species. Included are several species previously unknown in Illinois.

 

New illustrations, which include detailed drawings of the flowers, fruits, and seeds are presented for each species covered in this book. Mohlenbrock’s fifty-three years of experience enable him to present little-known diagnostic features for many species.

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-

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Preface

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pp. xiii-

The concept of the Illustrated Flora of Illinois is to produce a multivolumed flora of the plants of the state of Illinois, which will include algae, fungi, mosses, liverworts, lichens, ferns, and seed plants. For each kind of plant known to occur in Illinois, complete descriptions, illustrations showing diagnostic features, distribution maps, and ecological notes will be provided. Keys to aid...

County Map of Illinois

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pp. 1-

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Introduction

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pp. 3-5

Flowering plants that form two “seed leaves,” or cotyledons, when the seed germinates are called dicotyledons, or dicots. These far exceed the number of species of monocots, or flowering plants that produce a single “seed leaf” upon germination. This is the seventh volume of the Illustrated Flora of Illinois to be devoted to the dicots of Illinois...

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Descriptions and Illustrations

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pp. 7-255

All of the families in this order except the Cactaceae were included in Engler’s Order Centrospermae (1897), while Bessey’s system of classification (1915) included them in the Caryophyllales. The major characteristics of the order are the usually coiled or curved embryo and usually unilocular ovary. Wettstein’s classification (1935) was the first major one to include the Cactaceae...

Summary of the Taxa Treated in This Volume

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pp. 259-

Excluded Species

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pp. 261-

Additional Taxon

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pp. 263-

Glossary

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pp. 265-268

Literature Cited

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pp. 269-271

Index of Plant Names

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pp. 273-277

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Author Biography

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pp. 278-

Robert H. Mohlenbrock taught botany at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for thirty-four years, obtaining the title of Distinguished Professor. After his retirement in 1990, he joined Biotic Consultants as a senior scientist teaching wetland identification classes in twenty-six states to date. Mohlenbrock has been named SIU Outstanding Scholar and has received the SIU Alumnus...


E-ISBN-13: 9780809389957
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809323807

Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2001

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