plant families

sjohnson at sjohnson at
Mon Oct 22 08:28:29 EST 2001

in answer to scott shumway's query:
Wendy Zomlefer's Guide to Flowering Plant Families is a good, 
relatively inexpensive (~$30.) guide. it is not a textbook - but has 
served me well as a reference book. i do not use it with my classes.


To:             	plant-ed at
Subject:        	plant families
Date sent:      	19 Oct 2001 19:32:31 +0100
From:           	sshumway at (Scott Shumway)
Organization:   	BIOSCI/MRC Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre

> I use Raven et al as a textbook for my sophomore level botany class which
> currently covers plant anatomy and a survey of the plant kingdom.  Over
> time I have cut out coverage of physiology and of algae in order to spend
> more time on the plant survey.  I think that it is important for students
> to know something about the major flowering plant families.  I attempt to
> teach them about 25 flowering plant families.  The problem is that Raven
> has no coverage of plant families.  Other general botany texts have very
> little on plant families.  It is inappropriate to require my class to
> purchase another $100 textbook on plant taxonomy.   While I might study
> texts like Walters and Keil (Vascular Plant Taxonomy) or Cambell, Judd, et
> al (plant systematics: a phylogentic approach - I'm going from memory so I
> don't have the exact authors or title), these texts contain much more
> detail than my students need to learn.  Is there a reasonably priced,
> appropriately illustrated and user-friendly guide to flowering plant
> families?  Is there a general textbook that includes a limited survey of
> plant families and also has a depth of coverage similar to Raven et al?
> Scott Shumway
> Associate Professor of Biology
> Dept. of Biology
> Wheaton College
> Norton, MA 02766
> 508-286-3945
> sshumway at
> fax 508-285-8278
> ---

Sandra L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Plant Physiological Ecologist
Middle Tennessee State University
Biology Department     PO Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN  31732

Phone: (615) 898-2021
FAX: (615) 898-5093


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