Maarten J. M. Christenhusz is a freelance botanist who has worked for the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki, the Natural History Museum, London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is the founding editor of the journal Phytotaxa, deputy editor of the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, and coauthor of The Book of Orchids: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World, the last also published by the University of Chicago Press. Michael F. Fay is the senior research leader in conservation genetics at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and chair of the IUCN Orchid Specialist Group. He is chief editor of the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society and a leading researcher in conservation and evolution of plants. Mark W. Chase, former director of the Jodrell Laboratory at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is now a senior researcher there, focusing on genetics of orchids and tobacco. He is one of the founding researchers of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group and author of Orchids: The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Oncidium, coauthor of The Book of Orchids, and one of the four editors for the six-volume series Genera Orchidacearum. The authors live in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, where they grow more than 140 plant families in their private garden.
"Some people have a hard time getting excited about reference
books. Then there are those of us who have difficulty containing
our excitement--especially if the book is excellent or beautiful.
And friends, Plants of the World is both. . . . The authors,
all Kew Royal Botanic Gardens botanists, have clearly done their
homework. The information they provide is comprehensive and
consistent from section to section; it's technical enough to be
useful to those in the life sciences, while remaining
straightforward enough for those whose interest is avocational. The
book is full of fascinating facts, such as the story of treelike
ferns once believed to produce lambs that were simultaneously plant
and animal. The full-color photos are plentiful and
"What an impressive tome Plants of the World is! Weighing-in at a coffee-table-busting 7 lb 2 oz., this 28.5 x 23.5 x 5.0 cm of hard-backed book begins--usefully, and importantly--with a two-page spread entitled 'How to use this book.' This guides the reader through the layout of a typical family entry. . . . Plants of the World is not only a very worthy successor to Heywood et al's Flowering Plant Families of the World, it takes this visually-appealing, encyclopaedic cataloguing of plant diversity to the next level. Get hold of a copy and immerse yourself in the botanical riches within--as we all await the next generation text (that will include all the families of all the groups within the Kingdom Plantae...)."--Nigel Chaffey "Botany One "
"When Plants of the World arrived on my desk recently I was not only impressed by what is a beautiful publication but also by the wealth, depth, and comprehensiveness of its contents. . . . It provides an excellent and erudite introduction to the green and botanical diversity that surrounds us. . . . Beautiful. . . . I was enthralled, and one has to say, even overawed, by the wealth of information and depth of knowledge in this book."--Reckless Gardener
"Move over Mabberley! Plants of the World is a magisterial treatment of the 451 plant families of the world and like Mabberley's Plant Book will become a classic and an invaluable reference for botanists--though not as portable. Plants of the World is crammed with detail delicious to a botanist yet accessible to any user. . . . This is an essential work that belongs on the bookshelf of every botanist."--Lytton John Musselman, Old Dominion University "Plant Science Bulletin "