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GENTIANACEAE, the Gentian Family by James S. Pringle. Keywords: Gentianaceae, Bartonia, Centaurium, Frasera, Gentiana, Gentianella, Gentianopsis, Halenia, Lomatogonium, Obolaria, Sabatia, Schenkia, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/10.21135/893275471.012.
In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada the Gentianaceae is represented by thirty-seven species. 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 Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, Second Edition, by Gleason and Cronquist (1991, NYBG Press), in order to enable identification of all plants growing spontaneously in a vast region comprising portions or entirety of 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces (see map here). These family treatments are indispensable to all those interested having the most up-to-date information for this region of North America's rich botanical resources, serving the vascular plant reference needs especially of students, conservationists, wildlife managers, educators, gardeners, and citizen scientists. For a full list of PDF sections available click here.
"A brand new flora of vascular plants from The New York Botanical Garden is available as digital PDF downloads and will soon be printed as a complete hardbound version! The area covered includes Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and southern Quebec and Ontario. The New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada is under preparation, representing a revised enlarged update of the 1991 classic Gleason & Cronquist Manual, with approximately 20% more species. This is good news for many different biologists. The botanical treatments will be particularly useful for American and Canadian botanists as well as other scientists, naturalists, ecologists, foresters, conservationists, and students in all fields of natural history, as well as public or private organizations involved in environmental and plant protection. In contrast to the 1991 Manual, plant families are treated by specialists of these groups. Because so much information has been added in recent years, this new edition is very welcome, and the editors and the numerous authors deserve praise."- Jacques Cayouette, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Assistant Curator, Department of Agriculture Ottawa Herbarium
James S. Pringle, or Jim as many call him, originally from New Hampshire, wanted to do something he loved to do - work with plants and share his findings with community: "To interest people in biodiversity that exists out there so they're more appreciative of it or better able to enjoy it and see how the environment is doing." He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he completed his dissertation on the taxonomy of the Pneumonanthae, a section of the Gentian botanical family, in eastern North America. He went on to become a prolific scientific and technical writer and has described and named ca. 40 new species and subspecies of plants. His particular area of interest and expertise deals with systematics and evolutionary relationships of vascular plants. He is also an expert in identifying plants in both the horticultural and natural botanical worlds, and has been involved in the systematics and taxonomy of lilacs and trilliums among other groups. Dr. Pringle is a world authority on the Gentianaceae (Gentian family), one of the largest families of flowering plants. Working in co-operation with systematic botanists at many other institutions, Dr. Pringle investigates problems of classification, describes species new to science, and contributes portions of floristic manuals, especially on the Gentians. Dr. Pringle's other research interest is in botanical history. After writing more than 400 pieces of literature about his studies, he has even had a plant named after him. In 2004, a new species of tree, Macrocarpea pringleana, was named in his honor. Fittingly, this species is a member of the Gentian family. In honor of his 50 years of dedicated service, The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) has also named a part of a garden after him, "The Dr. James Pringle Gentian Garden". James S. Pringle's Author Page