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Legumes of Arizona: An Illustrated Flora and Reference

Legumes of Arizona: An Illustrated Flora and Reference

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The Fabaceae is one of the most ecologically, economically, and agriculturally important plant families in the world. These plants are particularly significant in Arizona as many species are native and adapted to arid lands. Desert-adapted plants will become increasingly important as water issues of the state become more critical. Additionally, legumes are important and sometimes dominant components of the many biotic communities in Arizona. This manual meets a critical need for a reference on these plants in Arizona.

                Because this flora describes all legume taxa in Arizona, including those that are commonly cultivated, it is truly a comprehensive resource. All genera, including cultivated only genera, are included in one key, to simplify identification for users who may encounter cultivated plants as well as native and naturalized plants.

                Another unique feature of the flora is the inclusion of information on cultivation, landscaping potential, ethnobotany, and current uses. As a result, this flora will serve as a guide for informed selection of legume plants with the greatest potential for success in a variety of projects. Projects might include landscaping, habitat improvement, revegetation, and bioprospecting.



MICHELLE M. MCMAHON received an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University.


MATTHEW B. JOHNSON received a B.S. in Agriculture and an M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Arizona.


KIRSTEN N. LAKE received a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an M.A. in English Language Linguistics from the University of Arizona.


MARTIN F. WOJCIECHOWSKI received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Northern Colorado.


MARK W. BIERNER received his B.A. and Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas.


Sida, Bot. Misc. 64.

ISSN: 0883-1475

ISBN-13: 978-1-889878-77-5 flex-binding 

540 pp., b/w photos, index, 6.5"×9.5".

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