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Author: J. Richard Abbott

Even as a child, I was fascinated by plants, spending hours on my hands & knees in the yard, nose pressed to the clovers, sorrel, violet, grasses, dandelion, mosses, etc. As soon as I was old enough, I disappeared into the woods to explore a whole new world of plants: oaks, maples, hickories, mulberries, sedges, wild ginger, etc. Even though I could tell that they were different from each other, I didn't actually know what most of them were called, as I had never heard of botany, knew nothing of scientific names, and had only the barest grasp of common names, with no one to teach me. until I joined the scouts, that is, at which point I learned a few common names., like poison ivy and virginia creeper. Once I realized that some plants had names, I also realized that that must mean that all plants have names, if only I could find someone to teach them to me (ignorantly unaware of the existence of botanical field guides... Before I actually took my first botany course, I got a job in a herbarium, a museum of dried plant specimens. Imagine my euphoria when all the plants I had seen as a child were laying there in front of me as specimens with names on them!! . My desire to see and study new plants led me to botanize in more than 40 states from coast to coast. Ultimately, I was driven to eventually complete a master's degree and doctorate in botany (at the University of Florida), because I wanted to keep learning about plants. . This desire to keep learning about plants is what led me to St. Louis, home of the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the premier botanical research institutes in the world, where I am surrounded by botanists, other 'weirdos' also fascinated by plants. There is nothing I love more than seeing new plants, talking about plants, sharing my passion for plant identification with others.

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ACORACEAE: Sweetflag Family
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ACORACEAE: Sweetflag Family

ACORACEAE, the Sweetflag Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Acoraceae, Acorus, Flora, Floristics, North America.http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.002. In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada the...

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AMARYLLIDACEAE: Amaryllis Family
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AMARYLLIDACEAE: Amaryllis Family

AMARYLLIDACEAE, the Amaryllis Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Amaryllidaceae, Allium, Galanthus, Hymenocallis, Leucojum, Narcissus, Nothoscordum, Tristagma, Zephyranthes, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471....

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ANNONACEAE: Custardapple Family
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ANNONACEAE: Custardapple Family

As family treatments are completed for the New Manual, these are being made available as downloadable PDFs. The New Manual is a multi-year project by the New York Botanical Garden to fully revise and update the classic Manual of Vascular Plants of ...

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ASPARAGACEAE: Asparagus Family
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ASPARAGACEAE: Asparagus Family

ASPARAGACEAE, the Asparagus Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Asparagaceae, Asparagus, Camassia, Convallaria, Hosta, Hyacinthoides, Maianthemum, Manfreda, Muscari, Ornithogalum, Polygonatum, Scilla, Yucca, Flora, Floristics, North America. http...

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ASPHODELACEAE: Asphodel or Daylily Family
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ASPHODELACEAE: Asphodel or Daylily Family

ASPHODELACEAE, the Asphodel or Daylily Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Asphodelaceae, Hemerocallis, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.005. In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States...

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BROMELIACEAE: Bromeliad Family
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BROMELIACEAE: Bromeliad Family

BROMELIACEAE, the Bromeliad Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Bromeliaceae, Tillandsia, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.006. In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent ...

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BURMANNIACEAE: Burmannia Family
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BURMANNIACEAE: Burmannia Family

BURMANNIACEAE, Burmannia Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Burmanniaceae, Burmannia, Thismia, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.007. In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adj...

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BUTOMACEAE: Floweringrush Family
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BUTOMACEAE: Floweringrush Family

BUTOMACEAE, the Floweringrush Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Butomaceae, Butomus, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.008. In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Can...

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CABOMBACEAE: the Watershield Family
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CABOMBACEAE: the Watershield Family

As family treatments are completed for the New Manual, these are being made available as downloadable PDFs. The New Manual is a multi-year project by the New York Botanical Garden to fully revise and update the classic Manual of Vascular Plants of ...

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CALYCANTHACEAE: Sweetshrub Family
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CALYCANTHACEAE: Sweetshrub Family

As family treatments are completed for the New Manual, these are being made available as downloadable PDFs. The New Manual is a multi-year project by the New York Botanical Garden to fully revise and update the classic Manual of Vascular Plants of ...

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CANNACEAE: Canna Family
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CANNACEAE: Canna Family

As family treatments are completed for the New Manual, these are being made available as downloadable PDFs. The New Manual is a multi-year project by the New York Botanical Garden to fully revise and update the classic Manual of Vascular Plants of ...

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COLCHICACEAE: Autumn Crocus family
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COLCHICACEAE: Autumn Crocus family

COLCHICACEAE, the Autumn Crocus Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Colchicaceae, Uvularia, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.009. In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacen...

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DIOSCOREACEAE: Yam Family
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DIOSCOREACEAE: Yam Family

DIOSCOREACEAE, the Yam Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Dioscoreaceae, Dioscorea, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.010. In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canad...

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HAEMODORACEAE: Bloodwort Family
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HAEMODORACEAE: Bloodwort Family

HAEMODORACEAE, the Bloodwort Family by J. Richard Abbott. Keywords: Haemodoraceae, Lachnanthes, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.013. In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjace...

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HYPOXIDACEAE: the Stargrass Family
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HYPOXIDACEAE: the Stargrass Family

As family treatments are completed for the New Manual, these are being made available as downloadable PDFs. The New Manual is a multi-year project by the New York Botanical Garden to fully revise and update the classic Manual of Vascular Plants of ...

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