Although the only publication with a realistic claim to the title "The plant diver- sity of Malesia" is Flora Malesiana itself, we have hesitatingly chosen this title for the present proceedings volume. Past, present and future work on the Flora Malesiana project was the subject of a successful symposium held in August 1989. This book contains only a selection of the papers presented at that meet- ing, yet it covers a much greater diversity of themes than just the inventory of botanical diversity. It even goes beyond the boundaries of the vast Flora Malesi- ana region in several of its chapters. The role of the founder of the Flora Malesiana Project, Professor C.G.G.J. van Steenis, repeatedly recurs in several chapters; not only as director of and contributor to the project, but also as a pioneer in the fields of Malesian vege- tation, conservation and biogeography, and as an enlightened systematist whose ideas and practical recommendations for taxonomic delimitation still largely apply. Botanical information made available in regional and local floras is of vital im- portance for applications such as the exploitation of natural forests on a sus- tainable yield basis. for establishing gene banks for the benefit of agriculture. forestry and horticulture. and not in the least for nature conservation. Several chapters are devoted to these themes. Floristic studies are also at the basis of the biogeographical essays and vegetation studies included in this book.
This very valuable and highly recommendable compilation is well produced and strongly bound.Iawa Bulletin
Flora Malesiana - past, present and future.- 1 Van Steenis remembered.- 2 The general progress of Flora Malesiana.- Progress in Malesian botany - some examples.- 3 Outstanding problems in Malesian palms.- 4 Progress in the study of Malesian Bambusoideae.- 5 New evidence for the reconciliation of floral organisation in Pandanaceae with normal angiosperm patterns.- 6 Progress in Elaeocarpaceae.- 7 Correlations in the germination patterns of Santalacean and other mistletoes.- 8 Tabernaemontana (Apocynaceae): discussion of its delimitation.- 9 Pollinaria of some tropical Asian Asclepiadaceae.- 10 Alkaloids and cyanogenic glycosides of Malesian plants as taxonomic markers.- 11 The systematics of the Polypodiaceae.- Vegetation and floras.- 12 A review of natural vegetation studies in Malesia, with special reference to Indonesia.- 13 The illusionary concept of the climax.- 14 Diversity and distribution patterns in the flora of Mount Kinabalu.- 15 Altitudinal zonation of the rain forests in the Manusela National Park, Seram, Maluku, Indonesia.- 16 The changing pattern of vertical stratification along an altitudinal gradient of the forests of Mt Pangrango, West Java.- 17 Search for phytogeographic provinces in Sumatra.- 18 The secondary forest of Tanah Grogot, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.- 19 The fern flora of Seram.- 20 Botanical progress in Papuasia.- Biogeography.- 21 Areas of endemism and composite areas in East Malesia.- 22 Biogeographical relationships of Australia and Malesia: Loranthaceae as a model.- 23 Elements of Pacific phytodiversity.- Conservation.- 24 Van Steenis' contributions to nature conservation and public education.- 25 Conservation of plants in Malaysia.- 26 The impact of development on the fern flora of some areas in Malaysia and efforts toward conservation.- 27 Conservation of mangrove formations in Java.- Economic botany.- 28 Gene banks and plant taxonomy.- 29 Malesian origin for a domestic Cocos nucifera.- Concepts in taxonomy.- 30 On specific and infraspecific delimitation.- 31 Species and monophyletic taxa as individual substantial systems.- 32 The unified theory, macroevolution, and historical ecology.- 33 Nomenclatural stability, taxonomic instinct, and flora writing - a recipe for disaster?.- Index to plant genera and species.
Series: Communication and Information Theory
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 30th September 1990
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 1.73