This field guide is the first ever to deal with the extraordinarily diverse flora of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. All families that contain woody, epiphytic, or scandent species (plus some herbaceous genera) in this region of northwestern South America are included. Gentry has incorporated much of his practical field experience into this book to present a new approach to the identification of tropical plants.
Rather than a traditional dichotomous key, the book includes an extensive key to the families that takes the user through the most relevant character states and possible taxonomic outcomes--much as one would do with a student in the field. An account for each family includes characteriestics useful for recognizing that family; and for most families, each genus is listed with a few of its most outstanding characteristics and hints for distinguishing it from related genera. Generic listings indicate the number of neotropical species and common names are included for many of them. In addition, most woody genera are illustrated. A common names index, scientific names index, and a listing of all figures are included.
A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of Northwest South America can be purchased online from The University of Chicago Press. To order follow this link to The University of Chicago Press.