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COMMELINACEAE, the Dayflower & Spiderwort Family by Robert B. Faden & Christopher R. Hardy. Keywords: Commeliaceae, Commelina, Murdannia, Callisia, Tradescantia, Flora, Floristics, North America. http://dx.doi.org/1021135/893275471.047.
In the New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada the Commelinaceae is represented by eleven 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
Christopher Hardy holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Botany from the L.H. Bailey Hortorium, Cornell University, and the New York Botanical Garden, and worked as a botanist at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, before becoming Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hardy regularly teaches courses in botany, evolution, and introductory biology. He has authored of over 30 book chapters and scientific articles in international journals. Dr. Hardy is active in the discovery and documentation of biodiversity and species new to science, forensic botany, scientific illustration, science education, the use of plants by people, and he has traveled in southern Africa, Central America, the West Indies, South America, Europe and North America in support of his research.Photo: C.R. Hardy holding a shoot of the whitemouth dayflower (Commelina erecta) in Delaware in 2014. Christopher Hardy's Author Page
Robert B. Faden is an Emeritus Research Botanist at the Smithsonian Institution. Education: Dr. Faden earned a B.S. cum laude in Biology, with special graduate honors in biology, June, 1962 at City College of New York (1958- 1962). He then went on to the University of Michigan (1962 -1965), receiving an M.S. in Botany, December, 1964. He continued on to complete his Ph.D. in Biology, December, 1975 at Washington University, St. Louis (1972-1975). His Dissertation title is, "A Biosystematic Study of the Genus Aneilema R. Br. (Commelinaceae)". His specialties and interests include the Commelinaceae (evolution, systematics, floristics, reproductive biology, anatomy, cytology), flora of Africa, African biogeography, reproductive biology, plant anatomy, and seed dimorphism. Image from, http://botany.si.edu/staff/staffPage.cfm? ThisName=14&homepage=no Robert B. Faden's Author Page