By William A. Weber, Ronald C. Wittmann
This advisor, meant either for the coed and scientist, bargains an entire, authoritative connection with the vegetation of Colorado. It discusses plant geography, particular botanical positive aspects of the mountain levels, basins and plains, and clarify easy terminology. fascinating anecdotes and introductions are given for every plant kinfolk, and tricks on recognising the biggest households are supplied in addition. each one quantity incorporates a entire thesaurus, indices to universal and particular names, and thousands of illustrations. This and its spouse quantity, were considered as the main whole courses to be had and are necessary to readers drawn to Colorado's flowers.
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Ovary with 2 placentae on opposite sides of the ovary; petals 4; stamens exserted. Capparaceae, CAPER FAMILY 13a.  Stamens many; carpels more than 1; capsule dehiscing along 1 suture (thus a follicle). Helleboraceae, HELLEBORE FAMILY 13b. Stamens 10 or fewer; ovary of a single or several united carpels; fruit a dehiscent capsule (14) 14a.  Flowers not spurred, but with a larger upper petal (the banner). Polygalaceae, MILKWORT FAMILY 14b. Flowers spurred. Violaceae, VIOLET FAMILY 15a.  Stamens of the same number as the petals and opposite them (16) 15b.
Chenopodiaceae, GOOSEFOOT FAMILY KEY F3. (Petals present, separate) 1a. Stamens alternating with branched staminodia with terminal yellow antherlike glands. Parnassiaceae, GRASS-OF-PARNASSUS FAMILY 1b. Stamens lacking alternating branched staminodia (2) 2a.  Sepals and petals 3, petals shorter than sepals; ovary superior, fruit a schizocarp of 3 nutlets; delicate wetland plants with pinnatifid leaves. Limnanthaceae, MEADOWFOAM FAMILY 2b. Floral parts not in 3s; otherwise not as above (3) 3a.
It might require observation of features, such as flower buds, seeds, or winter buds that are not always present. It also tends to place related species or genera close to each other. This kind of key is written for the person who makes it rather than for the user in the field. The second kind of key is designed for the user, and its intention is to make possible identification of plants under almost any field conditions. This is an impossible task, at best, but is a goal that writers of field handbooks aim for.