The central theme of Green Plants, first published in 2000, is the astonishing diversity of forms found in the plant kingdom, from the simplicity of prokaryotic algae to the myriad complexities of flowering plants. The book is arranged according to generally accepted classification schemes, beginning with algae (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) and moving through mosses, liverworts, fern allies, ferns and gymnosperms to flowering plants. Copiously illustrated throughout, it provides a concise account of all algae and land plants, with information on topics from cellular structure to life cycles and reproduction. The authors maintain a refreshingly cautious approach in discussions of possible phylogenetic relationships and include newly emerging information on features of plants known only as fossils. This edition has been completely updated to reflect current views on the origin of the major groups of plants, providing a resource for students of botany, and for researchers needing a comprehensive reference to the plant kingdom.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 19 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
From the reviews of the first edition: ' ... this book remains one of the best for use in botanical courses that introduce the fascinating diversity of plant life. Its wealth of information and breadth of coverage make it a sound, dependable, student text.' Plant, Cell and Environment
'This book is still one of the best reviews of the plant kingdom and deserves a place in the library of any plant ecologist, especially those needing a comprehensive reference to the kingdom.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society