We are using Vascular Plant Taxonomy by Walters and Keil, 4th ed. It
is up to date, easy to read, and fairly comprehensive--i.e., does a
good job presenting common families of the N. Temperate region.
Includes chapters on techniques and concepts of systematics, basic
plant anatomy, and collecting and keying. About $40 in paper.
The Smith you mention is good, and still good for the basics, but W&K
is better. It even gets into some of the realignment of families and
subclasses that is the result of DNA work and not just traditional
Douglas Jensen wrote:
>> 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 out of date taxonomy.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.
> Baumgardt, J.P. 1982. How to Identify Flowering Plant Families. Timber
>> 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.
> Douglas P. Jensen
> Assistant Professor of Biology
> Converse College
> 580 East Main Street
> Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302
> fax: (864)596-9201