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Plant Form - An Illustrated Guide to Flowering Plant Morphology.
Adrian D. Bell. 1991. With line drawings by Alan Bryan. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. 340 pp. Hardcover $95.00. ISBN 0-19-854279-8. Softcover. $49.95. ISBN: 0-19-854219-4.

Botany is no longer botany. It is now "plant sciences," with a greater focus on cellular and molecular nuances, sometimes to the neglect of what can be observed with the naked eye. Plant morphology, basically the simple structures of plants that can be viewed with nothing more complex than a simple hand lens, has lost importance. This book brings the subject of plant morphology back to life, explaining in comprehensible detail the structures of plants. The book is packed with dozens of exquisite color photographs and impeccably executed pen and inks. Everyone from the botanically curious to the professional botanist will find this to be an excellent reference.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.