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This volume treats many economically and ecologically important plant groups, including Brassicaceae, Salicaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Violaceae, Malvaceae, Loasaceae, Primulaceae, Hypericaceae, Cleomaceae, and Tamaricaceae.
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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 overall 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 Noel Holmgren's Author Page
Arthur Cronquist (1919-1992), a leader in the field of plant systematics, spent the most productive years of his professional career at the New York Botanical Garden (1943-1946; 1952-1992). Highly experienced in botanical fieldwork and floristic studies, Cronquist was also a formidable synthetic thinker whose contributions to systematic botany have been widely adopted by botanists and plant taxonomists. His two works, The Evolution and Classification of Flowering Plants (1988, 2nd ed.) and An Integrated System of Classification of Flowering Plants (1981) are his culminating studies of summary paradigms of angiosperm classification and taxonomy. Arthur Cronquist was born 19 March 1919 in San Jose, California. He gained a B.S. (1938) and M.S. (1940) from Utah State University. Here he met Dr. Bassett Maguire who directed his course of study on the Aster foliaceus complex and later became a colleague at the NYBG. Cronquist gained his Ph.D. (1944) at the University of Minnesota. At the NYBG Henry A. Gleason nurtured his interest in floristics, leading to a collaboration between the two men that resulted in publications that remain botanical classics to this day. The first was Gleason's New Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora (1952) to which Cronquist contributed the section on the Asteraceae; the second was their Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (1963) known to botany students as "the Green Bible." The manual is an encyclopedic reference and field book whose intellectual genealogy can be traced to Nathaniel Lord Britton and Addison Brown's original Illustrated Flora of 1896-1898.
Through his career Cronquist conducted fieldwork throughout North America, with a concentration on the study and collection of plants of the intermountain regions of the western United States. These studies resulted in the publication of Intermountain Flora (1972, volume one), co-authored with Arthur H. Holmgren, Noel H. Holmgren Arthur Cronquist's Author Page