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A Manual for the Identification of Plant Seeds and Fruits

The taxonomic identification of individual seeds and fruits of wild and cultivated plants is not always straightforward. The specialist literature and botanical reference collections can be helpful, and knowing where to begin reading and comparing can save a considerable amount of time.

We wrote A Manual for the Identification of Plant Seeds and Fruits to make your search easier. It describes the inflorescence(s) and infructescence(s) seen in each of a set of 19 plant families, as well as the morphology of its seeds and fruits (with special emphasis on fruit typology); the dispersal units (diaspores); and, if present, heterocarpism and seed dimorphism.

The manual is richly illustrated with 460 colour photos of inflorescences, infructescences, seeds, and fruits. Each entry concludes with a concise seed atlas that depicts the variation in the individual plant family's seed and fruit forms.

A Manual for the Identification of Plant Seeds and Fruits includes the following plant families:
Amaranthaceae, Apiaceae, Asteraceae, Boraginaceae, Brassicaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Convolvulaceae,
Cyperaceae, Fabaceae, Geraniaceae, Juncaceae, Lamiaceae, Malvaceae, Plantaginaceae, Poaceae,
Polygonaceae, Ranunculaceae, Rosaceae, Solanaceae

This manual functions as course material in workshops given by the authors to professionals of Dutch seed testing companies.

Ordering 5 or more copies

Customers who order 5 copies or more, e.g. for educational purposes, are eligible for an extra discount. Please contact the publisher, info@barkhuis.nl.

Extra information

This manual is the English counterpart of the Dutch-language Handboek voor het determineren van zaden en vruchten, also available here.

Sample chapters from the book in a low resolution (PDF, 72 dpi, 5 MB).

Summary

Title: A Manual for the Identification of Plant Seeds and Fruits
ISBN: 9789491431265
Authors: R.T.J. Cappers & R.M. Bekker
Publication date: 2013
Format: 275 pages, full colour, hardcover, 17 x 24 cm
Language: English
Price: € 44.75.  Extra discount for orders of 5 copies or more
Free download: Sample chapters from the book

 

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