The most recent discussion of introductory botany textbooks in
bionet.plants.education was in Dec. 2005. That thread can located in
the newsgroup archive:
Older discussions of botany textbooks can be located using the google
There are several recent introductory botany textbooks to pick from:
Graham, Linda et al. 2005. Plant Biology, 2nd ed. Prentice Hall.
Mauseth, James D. 2003. Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology, 3rd
ed. Jones & Bartlett
Nabors, Murray. 2003. Introduction to Botany. Benjamin Cummings.
Raven, Peter H. et al. 2004. Biology of Plants, 7th ed. W. H. Freeman.
Rost, Thomas L. et al. 2005. Plant Biology, 2nd ed. Brooks Cole.
Stern, Kingsley R. et al. 2005. Introductory Plant Biology, 10th ed.
Uno, Gordon et al. 2000. Principles of Botany. McGraw-Hill.
Amazon.com has customer reviews for several of these and several have
their own websites. My articles at actionbioscience.org have links for
several of the botany textbook websites:
Depending on what topics are covered, internet websites might be used
instead of a text or some other book, such as The Botany Coloring Book
could serve as a text.
David R. Hershey