Convolvulaceae Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
The family Convolvulaceae comprises about 1,900 species distributed worldwide in the tropical and warm temperate regions. This new account of the Convolvulaceae in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam includes 22 genera, 108 species, and 10 infraspecific taxa, with briefmention of another 13 cultivated species. The indigenous species richness for Convolvulaceae is quite high in this area, particularly for the genera Argyreia, Cordisepalum, Dinetus, Erycibe, Ipomoea, Lepistemon, Merremia, Neuropeltis, Porana, Rivea, and Tridynamia.
A genral introduction to the family is followed by technical descriptions for each genus, species, and infraspecific taxon, keys for identification, and concise summaries of what is known about the ecology, phenology, the distribution globally and mapped, any uses, vernacular names in languages spoken in the area, and pertinent notes concerning taxonomy or orher topics. The flora is profusely illustrated with historical and modern botanical illustrations (line drawings, watercolours) and colour photos of living plants in the field. Voucher specimens are cited to document all information presented in the book. A bibliography of cited references where more detailed information may be found is included and three indexes conclude the flora.
American botanist, now retired, George Staples has worked in the tropics throughour his research career. From 1988-2006, he was botanist at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, USA, where he specialized in the taxonomy of tropical garden plants, leading to publication of a major reference book on the cultivated plants of the Hawaïlan Islands (A tropical Garden Flora, 2005). From 2007-2013, he was Senior Researcher at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where he focussed on the plant family Convolvulaceae in the Asia/Pacific region. He authored the Flora of Thaïland (2010), Flora of Peninsular Malaysia (2015), and coordinated the Convolvulaceae information for the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (online from 2015). From 2013-2017, he conducted researches and performed special curatorial projects in Brazil, France, Singapore, Thaïland, and the U.K.
Currently, he maintians active research affiliations with the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K., and Harvard University, USA, while continuing to travel extensively in pursuit of Convolvulaceae.
Convolvulaceae. Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
IRD Éditions/MNHN/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 08/11/2018
380 pages, format 160 x 240
ISBN : 9782709926652