In this volume, 24 flowering plant families comprising a total of 911 genera are treated. They represent the asterid order Lamiales except for Acanthaceae (including Avicenniaceae), which will be included in a later volume. Although most of the constituent families of the order have been recognized as being closely related long ago, the inclusion of the families Byblidaceae, Carlemanniaceae and Plocospermataceae is the result mainly of recent molecular systematic research. Keys for the identification of all genera are provided, and likely phylogenetic relationships are discussed extensively. To facilitate the recognition of relationships, families are cross-referenced where necessary. The wealth of information contained in this volume makes it an indispensable source for anybody in the fields of pure and applied plant sciences.
"As with the earlier parts in the series, the long awaited Volume VII is an invaluable source of descriptive, taxonomic, phylogenetic, biogeographic, and last but not least the most critical bibliographic information. ... The contributions collected in the volume have been written by one or more internationally recognized specialists for the various families. The editing was done by Joachim Kadereit, who obviously put in a great deal of effort to produce generally well balanced and consistently structured chapters. Layout, printing, and binding of the book are esthetically applealing and of high quality. ... As in the previous volumes, all chapters meet high standards as to accuracy and accessibility of the information. ... In conclusion, like all the previous volumes in the series, Volume VII of the Families and Genera of Vascular Plants provides highly useful, concise, and up-to-date treatments of what we presently know about the families dealt with." (Plant Systematics and Evolution) "This volume, the seventh in this series, deals with 24 flowering plant families comprising a total of 911 genera. ! The wealth of information contained in this volume makes it an indispensable source for anybody in the fields of pure and applied plant sciences." (CAB International)