Seeds of Amazonian Plants

Seeds of Amazonian Plants

Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 186
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    Seeds of Amazonian Plants
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    Seeds of Amazonian Plantsis the first field guide to treat the extraordinary diversity of seeds and diaspores of plants commonly encountered in the Amazon and other lowland moist forests of the American tropics. This stunningly illustrated guide features an easy-to-use whole-plant approach to seed identification that provides detailed descriptions not only of the seeds but also of the habit, trunk, bark, leaves, infructescence, and fruit of Amazonian plants, as well as information about the known uses and distribution of each genus. Presenting these descriptions together with 750 full-color photos and a unique identification key, this premier field guide enables users to identify seeds of 544 genera and 131 families of plants.

    The most comprehensive field guide to Amazonian seedsFeatures 750 full-color photos that make identification easyCovers 544 genera and 131 families of Amazonian plantsDescribes seeds, habit, trunk, bark, leaves, infructescence, and fruitIncludes unique seed identification keyCompact, portable, and beautifully illustrated--the ideal field guide

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3448-8
    Subjects: Botany & Plant Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-x)
    John Terborgh

    Tropical forests are notorious for the bewildering diversity of trees they contain. Some Amazonian and Bornean forests support more than 300 species of trees per hectare among approximately 600 trunks. Every other tree, in other words, is a species not encountered previously. At larger scales such forests often contain over 1,000 species. This formidable diversity has constituted a leading scientific mystery and at the same time has presented daunting obstacles to researchers. Mastering the diversity is a necessary first step to understanding the processes that generate and perpetuate it.

    Yet that first step was slow in coming because of the...

  4. Preface
    (pp. xi-xii)
    John Janovec and Fernando Cornejo
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  6. Introduction
    (pp. xv-xvi)

    The Amazonian wilderness, together with the eastern slope of the Andes, harbors the greatest terrestrial and freshwater diversity known on Earth, and is an irreplaceable resource for present and future generations. Ongoing environmental degradation, however, poses a serious threat to the region’s biological diversity. This degradation is a result of numerous factors, particularly unwise exploitation of the land and rapid population growth. In megadiverse regions such as the Andes-Amazon, managing these matters and developing wise programs for conserving natural resources is a huge undertaking, requiring the efforts of an array of individuals with widely diverse expertise. An accurate accounting of...

  7. Collecting and Identifying Seeds
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  8. How to Use This Book
    (pp. xix-xx)
  9. Aid to Identification of Amazonian Seeds
    (pp. xxi-xxviii)
  10. Family and Genus Descriptions
    (pp. 1-148)

    Herbs, shrubs, and lianas, rarely small trees. Stems often with swollen nodes, most conspicuous when dry. Leaves simple, mostly opposite, rarely alternate. Stems and leaves often with tiny cystoliths (“stone cells”) appearing conspicuously as white punctations. Fruit a bivalved capsule with longitudinal or loculicidal dehiscence, or a drupe. Some genera recognizable by showy inflorescences with large bracts or bracteoles of different colors.

    MendonciaVell. ex Vand. Vines and lianas. Leaves simple, opposite, entire. Cystoliths not apparent. Infructescences axillary. Fruit a drupe to 2.5 cm long, black when mature, surrounded by glabrous or pubescent calyx lobes; the mesocarp fleshy, dark purple...

  11. Glossary and Illustrations of Botanical Terminology
    (pp. 149-158)