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Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden, Volume 120; Heritage Series, Number 3. By Kathryn Mauz
In the three subfamilies of Bromeliaceae identification to genus is progressively more difficult. Most members of the Pitcairnioideae can be so identified even when in fruit, while those of the Tillandsioideae require good flowers in many if not most cases. The Bromelioideae, treated in this volume, are a step worse in that their genera are so poorly defined that even with complete information it is difficult to assign some species to genera. They have all the characters used to define genera in the other subfamilies and pollen districtions as well, yet they produce bigeneric hybrids with ease. It would seem that they have developed so much more recently than the genera of Pitcairnioideae and Tillandsioideae that they have not set up the fertility barriers obtaining in the older subfamilies. The treatment of Bromeliaceae subfamily Bromelioideae in this volume includes artificial keys, descriptions, distribution maps, and black and white illustrations for efficiency in identification.
Lyman Bradford Smith (1904 - 1997) was an American botanist. Smith was born in Winchester, Massachusetts. He studied botany during the 1920s at Harvard University and received his PhD from Harvard in 1930. Between 1928 and 1929, he worked for the first time in Brazil. Most of his life's work came to involve the taxonomy of the flowering plants of South America, in particular the bromeliads (Bromeliaceae). Smith worked on the Bromeliaceae for the North American Flora published by the American botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton, volume 19, no. 2 (1938). Smith was a world authority on Begoniaceae and also worked with Velloziaceae and numerous other plant families. He was a curator in the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Botany from 1947 until his retirement in 1974, but continued to work in the United States National Herbarium as an emeritus curator almost until his death in Manhattan, Kansas, in 1997 Lyman B. Smith's Author Page
Dr. Downs served as Director of the Phytotron, a controlled-environment agricultural facility, which he was instrumental in designing. Students came from all over the world to do research there. He and his wife loved North Carolina and the NCSU School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he was a Professor until his retirement in 1993. In addition to numerous professional awards and honors, Dr. Downs published over 130 professional papers and frequently served as a consultant on plant growth, lighting and planning and design of controlled-environment facilities. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.a spx?n=robert-jack- downs&pid=176276413#sthash.9gyHqkMY.dpuf Robert Jack Downs's Author Page