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text request--thanks

Douglas Jensen doug.jensen at Converse.edu
Mon Mar 27 14:30:30 EST 2000

Thanks to all who replied to my request.  I think I will go with Walters and
Keil.  I have used it in the past, and, among other things, it has one of the
most user-friendly family keys I've used.  To paraphrase one of my replies, W
and K has all the information of the Smith book plus more, and it is up to


> > 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 out of date taxonomy.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.
> > and
> > Baumgardt, J.P. 1982.  How to Identify Flowering Plant Families.  Timber
> > Press.
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > thanks,
> >
> > Doug

Douglas P. Jensen
Assistant Professor of Biology
Converse College
580 East Main Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302
fax: (864)596-9201


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