Aquatic Dicotyledons of North America: Ecology, Life History, and Systematics brings together a wealth of information on the natural history, ecology, and systematics of North American aquatic plants. Most books on aquatic plants have a taxonomic focus and are intended primarily for identification. Instead, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the biology of major aquatic species by compiling information from numerous sources that lie scattered among the primary literature, herbarium databases, and other reference materials. Included dicotyledon species are those having an obligate (OBL) wetland status, a designation used in the USACE National Wetland Plant List. Recent phylogenetic analyses are incorporated and rationale is provided for interpreting this information with respect to species relationships. This diverse assemblage of information will be useful to a wide range of interests including academic researchers, wildlife managers, students, and virtually anyone interested in the natural history of aquatic and wetland plants. Although focusing specifically on North America, the cosmopolitan distribution of many aquatic plants should make this an attractive text to people working virtually anywhere outside of the region as well. This book is an essential resource for assisting with wetland delineation.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Dicotyledons I: The ANA Grade and "Magnoliid" Monosulcates
Chapter 2 Dicotyledons II: Basal Tricolpates
Eudicots (Tricolpate Dicots; Eudicotyledoneae)
Chapter 3 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons III: "Caryophyllid" Tricolpates
Chapter 4 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons IV: "Rosid" Tricolpates
Chapter 5 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons V: "Asterid" Tricolpates
Donald H. Les, Ph.D, is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA.
"Focusing on dicotyledonous plants considered obligatorily aquatic (i.e.,requiring water to complete some essential stage of their life history), this authoritative book offers an encyclopedic compendium of their essential characteristics, ecology, and biosystematic position.
It is hard not to be impressed by a work of this magnitude and the sustained effort involved in assembling it. Aquatic Dicotyledons of North America appears destined to become an indispensable reference for almost any study of wetland plant communities on our continent and beyond."
-William B. Sanders, Florida Gulf Coast University, Plant Science Bulletin Spring 2019