1st Edition

Aquatic Monocotyledons of North America Ecology, Life History, and Systematics

By Donald H. Les Copyright 2020
    568 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    568 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Aquatic Monocotyledons of North America brings together information on the natural history, ecology and systematics of North American aquatic monocotyledons. The book is an 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 sources. Information on more than 300 species in 87 genera of monocotyledons will be included. Recent phylogenetic analyses will be incorporated. 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.




    The Monocotyledons

    1. Monocotyledons I: Early Diverging Monocotyledons

    A group of uncertain phylogenetic position (Acorales)

    Order 1: Acorales [1]

    Alismatid monocotyledons (Alismatidae)

    Order 2: Alismatales [3]

    Order 3: Potamogetonales [8]


    Order 4: Arales [4]

    2. Monocotyledons II: Lilioid Monocotyledons ("Liliidae")

    Order 5: Asparagales [13–25]

    Order 6: Dioscoreales [3–5]

    Order 7: Liliales [10]

    3. Monocotyledons III: Commelinoid Monocots (Commelinidae)

    Order 8: Arecales [1]

    Order 9: Commelinales [5]

    Order 10: Poales [14]

    Order 11: Zingiberales [8]




    Donald H. Les is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author or co-author of hundreds of peer reviewed journal articles, reports, and abstracts.

    "Aquatic Dicotyledons of North America will be indispensable to North American botanists, wildlife biologists, consulting firms, and other private businesses or government agencies that need highly reputable information about wetland plants. In my view all North American botanists should familiarize themselves with the volume, irrespective of their level of interest in wetland plants... In summary, if it deals with North American wetland plants, you’ll probably find the information therein. It is truly a remarkable achievement." – Neil Snow (Department of Biology, Pittsburg State University) Systematic Botany