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Page 63 ï~~2009 THE MICHIGAN BOTANIST 63 BOOK REVIEWS Petty, R. O. and Anne M. Petty. 2005. Wild Plants in Flower-Wetlands and Quiet Waters of the Midwest. Quarry Books an Imprint of Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 99 pp. ISBN-0-253-21766-0. $14.95 This small book of 4 x 6 inch size was first written and originally planned to be the first of a five part series on plants called Wild Plants in Flower, which never materialized. The book includes eight short chapters in four colors and traces a quiet journey across the vanishing wetlands that make up only 6% of the land found in the Midwest. On one page is found special running thoughts about what is viewed as one looks across lakes, swamps, ponds, floodplains and marshes, and a description of species. On the other facing page in vivid color is an image of one of the forty-five species described in the book. The authors engage each plant species for its habitat, appearance, range and dangers faced. It is a brief field guide to enhance the users appreciation of this dwindling ecosystem. The book would make a fine gift to a friend who enjoys the out of doors and who appreciates the natural world. I know, because a friend gave me my copy. Dennis W. Woodland Department of Biology, Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0410 U.S.A. woody @andrews.edu Mabberley, D. J. 2008. Mabberley's Plant-book, Third Edition. Cambridge University Press, New York, 1019 p. ISBN 978-0-521-82071-4 This is the third edition of what originally was in the first two editions named The Plant-book. The original editions of this dictionary were updated dictionaries and replacements for the standard tool for botanical information J. C. Willis's, Dictionary of the Flowering Plants and Ferns. This "Plant-book" has become the internationally recognized guide completely rewritten to over 24,000 entries and over 1650 new items for anyone wanting information on every family and genus of vascular plants. This new edition documents taxonomic and morphologic information based on vernacular, Latin and English names arranged alphabetically. The non-professional plant lover will like the many new included vernacular names, which are found in the timber trade and used commercially. This third edition updates each entry based on the most recent experimental, ecological and molecular literature. In the earlier editions the author followed the classification system of Cronquist, An Integrated System of Classification of Flowering Plants. In the present volume the author follows Kubitzki's, The Families and Genera of Vascular
Page 64 ï~~64 THE MICHIGAN BOTANIST Vol. 48 Plants and incorporates new views from the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG) as summarized on the web at: <http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/ Research/APweb/welcome.html>. The amount of information recorded in this book would normally be found in many volumes but Mabberly has condensed and compiled voluminous material in 1000+ pages and in an approximate handbook size of 5 x 9 inches (12.5 x 23 cm) and under 1 % (4.5 cm) inches thick. Like its predecessors this book is a real plant pocket book small enough to fit in any small space. Every herbarium large or small should have a copy for everyone to use. This tome is a must for any serious student's botany reference book collection. When the telephone in my office rings and the caller is seeking taxonomic information on vascular plants, the majority of the time I can find the information in this book. It is one book I cannot be without! Dennis W. Woodland Biology Department, Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0410 USA woody @andrews.edu