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There's a really good and easy to read textbook on botany and how to tell the families apart by inspection/ dissection called "Name that Flower" by Clarke and Lee. I recommend it highly. It's probably about $20-30. It's only small, and it's very clear. I'll often rip a flower up to have a look if I'm not sure. Lots of the defining clues are really easy once you know them - e.g. Lamiaceae family (mint family, mint bushes, lavender, sage etc) have square stems in cross section and aromatic leaves. Rose family has five of everything in the flower. Once you get the big clues it's easy to track things down, because you know where to look.

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Mmm! Sounds very interesting. A small search revealed some copies floating about.

The local library service (Moreton District) has 5 copies available for loan.

Angus and Robertson have this to say about it:

Name That Flower: The Identification Of Flowering Plants
by Lee and Clarke

PRICE: $ (?)
FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9780522850604

Currently unavailable online

View 2nd Hand and out of print copies at BibliOZ [this is often worth following up]

Name That Flower: The Identification Of Flowering Plants

This guide to identifying flowering plants covers aesthetic and botanical information about flora from around the world. Presented are illustrations and explanations of reproductive parts, variations in floral structure, and nomenclature and plant families. The dissection process for flowers, techniques of flower arranging, and methods of observing structure for identification are clearly described. Plant families common to Australia are illustrated with examples of cultivated and wild plants. This replaces.....[there were no more details]

PRODUCT DETAILS:
ISBN: 9780522850604
Category: General
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2003-11-15
Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
Country of origin: AUS
Pages: 292
Weight: 513g"
Ye Godz! I just went to this site: http://www.biblioz.com/main.php?action=52&s=17402646353c8057bfa...
and W-O-W do they know how to charge! Prices *in excess* of $100 Aus to over $300 Aus. Woo hoo, hold onto that copy, Scarlett!
Borders have the same info as A and R - not available there, either. Nor can I find it on eBay.
http://catalogue.mup.com.au/978-0-522-85060-4.html
$34.95 + postage
This is the publisher direct, you can download a sample chapter...

Name That Flower
The Identification of Flowering Plants
Second Edition
Ian Clarke and Helen Lee

A wonderfully clear, concise guide to identifying flowering plants in an extended and updated edition.
Opinion

For anyone interested in identifying flowering plants and understanding more about their structure, this book is the best of its kind. Australian Natural History

All you need to know in order to identify flowering plants . . . a 'must' for any keen student of botany, which should of course include the dedicated gardener interested in all the plants in his/her garden. Gardening News
About this Title

For over fifteen years, Name That Flower has provided thousands of serious gardeners and keen botanists, professional and amateur, with a wonderfully clear, concise guide to identifying flowering plants cultivated and in the wild, Australian and worldwide. It has been used extensively as a teaching text in numerous courses concerned with the natural world such as agriculture, botany, environmental management, horticulture and landscape design. And now, after being reprinted ten times, this essential work has been extended and updated.

Profusely illustrated with over 130 detailed line drawings and twelve pages of colour plates, this book introduces the reader to the arrangement of flowers on plants, reproduction, plant structure and function, and the way plants are grouped and named. Methods for dissecting flowers and observing their structure for identification purposes are clearly described. A comprehensive glossary and up-to-date bibliography provides a welcome guide to further information.

This bestselling source of information for identifying flowering plants is now even more valuable.

Some illustrations from Name That Flower and some pages from Chapter 2 are available for free download at www.mup.com.au [PDF 327 kb]. Also, to the right is a link to download Chapter 1.
About the Author

After working in a variety of technical jobs, including with the Forests Commission of Victoria and the Botany Department of the University of Melbourne, Ian Clarke is currently employed in the plant identification service of the National Herbarium of Victoria. Between 1975 and 1990 he was associated with the Council of Adult Education in Melbourne as a tutor in flowering plant identification.

Helen Lee, Honorary Research Fellow in the Botany Department , La Trobe University, holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Melbourne. After lecturing in botany for two years at Queen's University, Belfast, she was for many years a part-time tutor in the botany departments of Melbourne and La Trobe Universities, and a tutor with the Melbourne Council of Adult Education. Helen's research interests include the morphological characteristics of plants that resprout after fire, and arid zone ecology. She is a member of the Royal Society of Victoria and the Australian Systematic Botany Society.

Their collaboration on this book brings together over thirty years of involvement in tertiary and adult education. Although they worked together throughout, Helen Lee is largely responsible for the text and Ian Clarke for the figures.

Note there is a second edition, so might be worth checking which one you are looking at buying...
Publication date: November 2003
Reprint/Reissue date: February 2009

http://www.bookworm.com.au/Book/Name-That-Flower-The-Identification...
$28.83 + postage

http://www.weedinfo.com.au/bk_namef.html
$34.95 + $12.95 postage

http://www.boomerangbooks.com.au/Name-That-Flower/Ian-Clarke/book_9...
$31.46 + $6.95 postage
Great detective work, Donna ... boy, don't the prices vary? Those ridiculous prices for second-hand ones to a fair price for a new one. One thing which puzzles me, though. From what I've seen the book was originally published in the early part of the 1900s - am I going nuts here, or there's some other explantation than the authors are centenarians. Regardless ... going to check it at the Library first since there's an edition sitting a kilometer from here.

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