The Theophrastaceae are a family of shrubs and small trees comprising 95 species in seven genera. The family is centered in the Caribbean and its distribution is strictly in the New World tropics. With the publication of this monograph Bertil Sthl has given us the first thorough treatment of Theophrastaceae since 1903. It comes at a time when many members of this family are threatened with extinction: Using the classification of the IUCN, Stahl tells us that ''at least 33 species (34%) of Theophrastaceae must be considered threatened at some level. Several of these species are clearly on the verge of extinction, and some may already have gone extinct.'' The monograph begins with in-depth discussions of the family's morphology, anatomy, phylogeny, phytogeography, reproductive biology, and conservation. The systematic treatment includes generic and specific keys, detailed descriptions of all taxa along with illustrations, distribution maps, lists of specimens examined, and notes on ecology and local names/uses.
Series: Flora Neotropica Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: The New York Botanical Garden Press (May 6, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0893275077 ISBN-13: 978-0893275075 Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 9.8 inches