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This set includes treatments published in 2018. For a list of treatments included in this set click here. 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.
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Taking Stock of Our Native Flora and Newcomers, with NYBG’s Robert Naczi
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"Finally, parts of the New Manual are being published! A highlight is that the treatments are complete, including all the newly arrived and described species. I will no longer have to use numerous pieces of literature to identify some of the species that grow in our region. The keys are simple yet adequate. The species are laid out side by side with full descriptions, allowing for easy comparison between taxa, a must have when the keys fail. And as we all know, even the best of keys fail. The descriptions are concise yet elaborate enough to get a clear understanding of the species. Bonus additions to the New Manual are etymologies of the scientific names and frequency and conservation information for each of the species. Clearly, the parts of the New Manual that are being released are a must have for all those interested in the flora of our region."- David Werier, Recent Past-President, New York Flora Association
"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
The major focus of my research is the floristics of eastern North America. Specifically, my research entails study of the identification, geographic distribution, frequency, ecology, and conservation of plants growing wild in this region. The chief aim of this research is revision of Gleason and Cronquist's Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (The New York Botanical Garden Press, 1991). The Gleason & Cronquist Manual is the latest in a rich tradition of books on plants of northeastern North America published by New York Botanical Garden staff. Since Nathaniel Lord Britton published his Illustrated Flora in 1896, the goal of these books has been to enable the user to correctly identify plants growing in the wild in a vast region. The geographic coverage of the Gleason & Cronquist Manual encompasses all or portions of 22 states of the U.S.A. and five Canadian provinces. Major advances in botanical science since the last edition of the Manual mean the time is ripe for a revision. In addition, I conduct research in plant systematics. Much of this research is devoted to revisionary systematics of sedges, particularly the genera Carex and Rhynchospora (Cyperaceae). Carex, with about 2000 species, is the largest genus of flowering plants in North America and one of the world's largest genera. Data from field, laboratory, and herbarium studies permit me to describe new sedge species, reconstruct their phylogenies, and improve their classifications. I am especially keen on utilizing phylogenetic trees to understand sedge morphology, chromosome number variation, and biogeography. I also study the systematics of the Western Hemisphere Pitcher Plants (Sarraceniaceae), carnivorous plants with pitcher-like leaves functioning as traps. Despite their inherent interest and popularity in horticulture, pitcher plants remain poorly understood. I am applying novel approaches to study their systematics. Robert F.C. Naczi's Author Page
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. J. Richard Abbott's Author Page
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
Alan was born on May 16, 1957, in Redwood City, California, of Canadian parents. The family spent a lot of time outdoors, and Alan learned his botany in California and on family trips to British Columbia. He earned his BS degree in chemistry and botany at the University of California, Davis, in 1978, where he supplemented his class work with work in the University's arboretum and herbarium. The summer after graduation was spent working as a volunteer in the herbarium of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Alan then went to the north coast of California to enter the masters' program at Humboldt State University, where he worked on liverwort taxonomy from 1978 through 1980. Alan returned to the Bay area to work as a peptide chemist, but left after one year to enter the PhD program in botany at the University of Texas at Austin, working on the taxonomy and terpene chemistry of several genera of Asteraceae and receiving his PhD degree in 1987. Alan spent most of the next 13 years in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1988 through 1990, he did postdoctoral work in Barbara Schaal's lab at Washington University. In 1991, he moved to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Alan came to Washington, D.C., in 2000 to become the research taxonomist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Floral and Nursery Crop Research Unit, and supervisor of the 650,000 -specimen herbarium of the U.S. National Arboretum. Alan carries out research on the taxonomy and evolutionary genetics of various groups of woody plants, primarily the oaks and hackberries. Alan has worked on the taxonomy and evolution of many different plant groups. He published research on 20 different families of flowering plants, plus mosses and liverworts, and carried out fieldwork in the United States, Mexico, Belize, Kazakhstan, Armenia, China, and the Russian Far East. Alan is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Systematic Botany and has served as president of the Botanical Society of Washington. In addition to botany, Alan en Alan T. Whittemore's Author Page
Carl Taylor was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He became interested in plants as a kid and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in botany from Southern Illinois University. For many years, Carl worked at the Milwaukee Public Museum where he assisted with the development of exhibits, conducted research, and served as Chair of the Botany Department. Carl has taught university courses in general biology, plant taxonomy, and local flora. Recently, he served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. He served as Secretary of the American Fern Society for many years and published many papers in the American Fern Journal. Carl is retired and now volunteers at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. He and his wife Jerry live in Arlington, Virginia where they garden in their yard and greenhouse nearly every day. W. Carl Taylor's Author Page
Robbin C. Moran (1956- ) is the Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. His main research interests are ferns, lycophytes, and horsetails. Much of his research has involved writing floras and monographs, which assemble information about ferns of a given region and provide a means to identify them. He was the main writer, editor, and organizer for the pteridophyte volume of Flora Mesoamericana, a book that covers the pteridophytes from southern Mexico to Panama. This book is the largest fern flora ever written (it treats the nearly 1400 species. Dr. Moran is also a teacher, and co-organizes a five-week-long course, Tropical Plant Systematics, in Costa Rica for the Organization of Tropical Studies. The course is taught even years in English and odd years in Spanish. Dr. Moran also interprets ferns to the public. He the President of the New York Chapter Fern Society, which meets the first Saturday of every month at the New York Botanical Garden. Finally, he serves as Associate Editor for Brittonia, the Garden's journal of systematic botany, and for the American Fern Journal. Robbin Moran's Author Page
Wesley Martin Knapp is the Eastern Region Heritage Ecologist/Botanist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program. He has the honor of authoring the Juncaceae section in the soon to be revised and rewritten "Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada" by Gleason & Cronquist. In addition to his field work for the Maryland Heritage Program, Mr Knapp has conducted numerous training sessions for university and government employees in the mid-Atlantic. He has a long list of published papers and reports on his research and has presented his findings at various scientific meetings throughout North America. Knapp earned his M.S. degree in Plant Science with an option in Plant Systematics at Delaware State University and his B.S. degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Botany and Minor in Chemistry from Catawba College in North Carolina. Wesley M. Knapp's Author Page