The Botany of Mangroves

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 27, 2016 - Science - 432 pages
Mangroves are distinctive tropical plant communities that occupy the intertidal zone between sea and land. They are of major ecological importance, have economic value as a source of food and raw materials, and serve as a buffer from flooding and climate change-induced sea level rise. Mangroves are under threat from pollution, clearance and over-exploitation, and increasing concern has driven demand for an improved understanding of mangrove species. This book provides an introduction to mangroves, including their taxonomy, habitat-specific features, reproduction and socio-economic value. Fully updated to reflect the last two decades of research, this new edition of a key text includes newly documented taxa, new understandings of vivipary and the evolution of mangrove species, and a rich set of colour illustrations. It will appeal to researchers and students across a range of disciplines, including botany, ecology and zoology.
 

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Contents

Historical Prelude
3
Ecology
11
Floristics
29
Biogeography
43
Shoot and Leaf Systems
60
Structural Biology
78
Root Systems
90
Water Relations and Salt Balance
109
Flacourtiaceae
262
Goodeniaceae
263
Lecythidaceae
265
Lythraceae
268
Malvaceae Malvoideae
272
Melastomataceae
278
Meliaceae
279
Myristicaceae
287

Flowering
123
Seedlings and Seeds
135
Mangroves and People
154
Acanthaceae
167
Anacardiaceae
173
Arecaceae Palmae
180
Asteraceae Compositae
189
Avicenniaceae Acanthaceae
191
Bataceae Batidaceae
213
Bignoniaceae
215
Bombacoideae
221
Celastraceae
225
Clusiaceae Calophyllaceae
226
Combretaceae
228
Ebenaceae
242
Euphorbiaceae
244
Fabaceae Leguminosae
251
Myrtaceae
289
Pellicieraceae
293
Plumbaginaceae
299
Myrsinaceae
302
Pteridaceae
309
Rhizophoraceae
315
Rubiaceae
356
Rutaceae
360
Sapindaceae
361
Sapotaceae
362
Sonneratiaceae Lythraceae
363
Sterculioideae
371
Brownlowioideae
377
References
379
Index
406
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P. Barry Tomlinson is Professor Emeritus of Botany at Harvard University, Massachusetts; Crum Professor of Tropical Botany at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii; and Research Associate of the Montgomery Botanical Center, Coral Gables, Florida. He is a leading scholar on the botany of tropical plants, and has published widely on plant anatomy and morphology across a diverse range of communities and species, including palms, aborescent monocotyledons, seagrasses, gymnosperms and mangroves.

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