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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica, Volumen IV, Parte 1: Dicotiledóneas (Acanthaceae—Asteraceae)

Asteraceae, with 418 species, is the largest family in this part of Volume IV, and the sixth largest in the flora. It includes almost the entire range of growth forms, but most are herbaceous or shrubby. The next two largest families in this part are Apocynaceae, with 150 species, and Acanthaceae, with 137 species; the first is also comprised of many growth forms, the second almost entirely of subshrubs and herbs, and both provide numerous ornamental species. These three families account for over 70% of the total number of species in this part of the volume. This identification manual includes brief formal descriptions and informal notes about each of a total of 15 families, 324 genera, and 980 species. Keys to all the genera and species are also included. The treatments are illustrated with 344 line drawings, 15 black-and-white photographs, and eight pages of color plates.

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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica, Volumen IV, Parte 2: Dicotiledóneas (Balanophoraceae—Clethraceae)

Bignoniaceae, with 75 species, is the largest family in this part of Volume IV. It comprises mostly trees and lianas, some of considerable importance as timbers and/or ornamentals. The next two largest families in this part are Boraginaceae, with 65 species, and Celastraceae, with 48 species. The first is comprised of many growth forms, with one of the trees (Cordia alliodora) among the most important timbers in the country. The second is comprised of trees, shrubs, and lianas. This identification manual includes brief formal descriptions and informal notes about each of a total of 33 families, 174 genera, and 576 species. Keys to all the genera and species are also included. The treatments are illustrated with 213 line drawings, 33 black-and-white photographs, and eight pages of color plates.

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