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MALVACEAE, the Mallow Family by Orland J. Blanchard, Jr. Keywords: Malvaceae, Firmiana, Tilia, Melochia, Gossypium, Kosteletzkya, Abelmoschus, Hibiscus, Iliamna, Abutilon, Modiola, Malvastrum, Sphaeralcea, Sida, Anoda, Napaea, Alcea, Althaea, Lavatera, Callirhoë, Malva, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/1021135/893275471.054.
In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada the Malvaceae is represented by forty-five 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 click here.
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"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
Orland J. Blanchard, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Long Island University, is a botanist specializing in the mallow family (Malvaceae). In addition to contributing a treatment of this family for the upcoming New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, he prepared treatments of the malvaceous genera Hibiscus and Kosteletzkya for the multi-volume Flora of North America, and is currently collaborating on an enhanced molecular phylogeny of the tribe Hibisceae. This tribe includes the charismatic genus Hibiscus, which boasts a number of ornamental species as well as fiber plants; and the genus Abelmoschus, the source of okra--the edible unripe seed pod of A. esculentus. The potential impact of this new phylogeny on the classification of the Hibisceae, which comprises 850-plus species, is therefore of some practical interest. Dr. Blanchard's studies have taken him throughout the United States and on multiple excursions to Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, northern South America and East Africa. On his retirement in 2008, he moved to Gainesville, FL where he became a courtesy curator at the herbarium (FLAS), Florida Museum, University of Florida. He is especially interested in the genus Kosteletzkya, and he has published on chromosome numbers in the genus, experimental hybridization, evolution, new species, and-with collaborators--a molecular phylogeny, and he is currently preparing a taxonomic revision of Kosteletzkya. As a research associate at the Florida State Collection of Arthropods, also in Gainesville, he has been able to pursue his other passion, beetles (Coleoptera), of which he now has a personal collection of over 20,000 specimens. Orland J. Blanchard Jr.'s Author Page