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NYBG Press is pleased to announce the 7th volume of the Intermountain Flora series, Potpourri: Keys, History, Authors, Artists, Collectors, Beardtongues, Glossary, Indices by Noel Holmgren and Pat Holmgren. Included in this ninth part of the series is an update to the 1984 treatment of Intermountain Penstemon published in volume 4, keys to families represented in Intermountain Flora, a cumulative index for all seven volumes, and a history of the project that includes photographs of authors, artists, and plant collectors of the Intermountain West.
Download the review by Arnold Tiehm of Intermountain Flora Volume 7 - Potpourri: Keys, History, Authors, Artists, Collectors, Beardtongues, Glossary, Indices in a Publication of the Nevada Native Plant Society, NNPS Newsletter April 2017, Volume 43 here.
Download the review by Bonnie Heidel of Intermountain Flora Volume 7 - Potpourri: Keys, History, Authors, Artists, Collectors, Beardtongues, Glossary, Indices in a Publication of the Wyoming Native Plant Society, Castilleja Mar 2017, Volume 36(1) here.
Download the review by Jan Loechell Turner of Intermountain Flora Volume 7 - Potpourri: Keys, History, Authors, Artists, Collectors, Beardtongues, Glossary, Indices in Aquilegia a publication of the Colorado Native Plant Society, Aquilegia Winter 2016-2017, Volume 41(1) here.
The Intermountain Flora, published between 1972 and 2012 in eight parts is a remarkable accomplishment that represents the dedicated work of thousands of North American botanists. The scope, detail, and usefulness of those volumes are incalculable. The final contribution to the Intermountain Flora is contained in Volume Seven, representing the ninth part of the series. In it one finds a fascinating "potpourri," as authors Noel and Pat Holmgren describe it, of miscellaneous information that did not conveniently fit into the preceding volumes. Included in Volume Seven are: detailed acknowledgements for the entire series, a comprehensive key to families, an updated list of all individual authors who contributed to various treatments, a history of the Intermountain Flora project, to include biographies of the principal authors, artists, and individual plant collectors (many of whom are illustrated with photographs). Finally, the volume concludes with an update to the 1984 Intermountain Flora treatment of the genus Penstemon, a description of the geographic boundaries of the Flora, a listing of general references and online resources, a glossary, a discussion of nomenclatural innovations contained in Volumes 1-7, an index to people whose photographs appear in volumes 1-7, and finally, a cumulative index for the entire Flora (Volumes 1-7).
In summary, Volume 7 of the Intermountain Flora, represents a comprehensive, fascinating, and highly useful coda to the entire Intermountain Flora project.
Dr. Patricia Holmgren directed the Steere Herbarium for more than 32 years, during which time she also served as Assistant Vice President for Science for 10 years and Associate Vice President for Collections and Publications for two years. She coordinated and edited Index Herbariorum for 30 years, in both its written and electronic forms. Dr. Holmgren also serves as co-director, editor, and author of the Intermountain Flora project with Dr. Noel Holmgren. Dr. Holmgren has held leadership positions in Association of Systematics Collections, International Association for Plant Taxonomy, and International Organization for Plant Information. She has served as President of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and of the Botanical Society of America. She has received the Merit Award and the Centennial Medal from the Botanical Society of America, the Annual Service Award from the Association of Systematics collections, the Distinguished Service Award of The New York Botanical Garden, and, jointly with Noel Holmgren, the Asa Gray Award from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Gold Medal Award from The New York Botanical Garden. She and Noel were honored in 2013 with a Festschrift, Harmony and Grit, papers celebrating the completion of Intermountain Flora. In 2013, Thomas and Anne Hubbard endowed and named the position of Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium in Pat's honor. Dr. Holmgren earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Patricia Holmgren's Author Page
Dr. Noel Holmgren has been associated with The New York Botanical Garden for over 50 years, first as a graduate student, then as Curator, and now Senior Curator Emeritus. He has been a major author of Intermountain Flora since its inception in the late 1960s, assuming over-all direction of the project following Arthur Cronquist's death in 1992. In addition, he has published treatments in the family Scrophulariaceae for the many geographical areas. Active fieldwork for the past 54 years has yielded 16,577 collections, including 73 new to science. He and Bobbi Angell co-authored Botanical Illustration: Preparation for Publication, and he was principal editor of Illustrated Companion to Gleason and Cronquist's Manual: Illustrations of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. He was Editor-in-Chief of Brittonia for 14 years and Chairman of the Garden's Scientific Publications Committee from 1977 to 1992. He was President of the Torrey Botanical Club, co-Vice President of the American Penstemon Society, and on the Council of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. He was one of the editors of the fifth edition of CBE Style Manual, his written contribution on style conventions in the plant sciences. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from The New York Botanical Garden; Edgar T. Wherry Award from the North American Rock Garden Society; Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers for 1998's best book in the biological sciences, Illustrated Companion to Gleason and Cronquist's Manual; Myrtle Hebert Award from the American Penstemon Society. and, jointly with Patricia Holmgren, the Asa Gray Award from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Gold Medal Award from The New York Botanical Garden. Noel and Pat were honored in 2013 with a Festschrift, Harmony and Grit, papers celebrating the completion of Intermountain Flora. Noel received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University and his Ph.D. from Columbia. Noel Holmgren's Author Page