doug.jensen at Converse.edu
Mon Mar 27 14:30:30 EST 2000
Thanks to all who replied to my request. I think I will go with Walters and
Keil. I have used it in the past, and, among other things, it has one of the
most user-friendly family keys I've used. To paraphrase one of my replies, W
and K has all the information of the Smith book plus more, and it is up to
> > I'm asking for opinions and suggestions on a text for a class I will be
> > teaching this summer.
> > It is Field Botany, for graduate students. Most of them will be MEd.'s,
> > working on their initial certification in teaching natural science or
> > biology. I have a good lending library for them: Radford's Flora plus
> > other floras (is it florae?) and field guides.
> > Right now, I'm looking for a book that can help them identify families,
> > but the only two I have are quite old, and I know at least one has an
> > out of date taxonomy. I have:
> > Smith, J.P. 1977. Vascular Plant Families. Mad River Press.
> > and
> > Baumgardt, J.P. 1982. How to Identify Flowering Plant Families. Timber
> > Press.
> > Either of these would do for me, but I wonder if any of you have
> > knowledge of more recent books that are good or whether you have
> > experiences and strong opinions with either of the Smith or the
> > Baumgardt book.
> > thanks,
> > Doug
Douglas P. Jensen
Assistant Professor of Biology
580 East Main Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302
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