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The Iris Family: Natural History and Classification

By Peter Goldblatt and John C. Manning

[A] comprehensive, well-illustrated volume.

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Irises and their relatives are lily-like plants related to the orchid and narcissus families, with whom they share a propensity for large, brightly colored, attractive flowers. Many have longlasting flowers — Iris, Gladiolus, and Freesia are among the most important cut-flower crops in the world. The intricate flowers of the iris family are finely adapted for pollination by a variety of animals, including hummingbirds, sunbirds, beetles, butterflies, moths, wasps, and bees. This intimate connection between flower form and pollination biology reveals how the marvelous range of flower colors, shapes, and scents are vital to the lives of the species. The diversity of Iridaceae is illustrated in more than 200 superb photographs supplemented by expert line drawings. A lifetime of work by the world's expert on Iridaceae is distilled in this definitive account. Botanists, ecologists, naturalists, and gardeners will find this an essential reference.

Media reviews

"Three additional helps, a glossary, cited literature, and index, complete the work. These tools, along with a writing style that the specialist and nonspecialist alike will appreciate, make this comprehensive, well-illustrated volume a must for any academic or large public library."

—T. Johnson, Choice

"Take this review in and wave it at your librarian. This book is very, very good."

—Jim Dronenburg, Washington Gardener

About the authors

Peter Goldblatt

Peter Goldblatt is a leading expert on the iris family, having spent his life studying its taxonomy and evolution. He is now retired from the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Author of many scientific papers and books, he is coauthor with John Manning of The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs and The Iris Family: Natural History and Classification.

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John C. Manning

John C. Manning is senior specialist scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. Although he has studied diverse plant families, his research more recently focuses on the Iridaceae, collaborating with Peter Goldblatt, investigating the biology of the African genus Lapeirousia and the systematics of Gladiolus. John and Peter have coauthored several books, including Gladiolus in Southern Africa and wildflower guides to the southern African flora.

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