Vascular Flora of the Southeastern United States

Vol. 3, Part 2: Leguminosae (fabaceae)

By Duane Isely

Vascular Flora of the Southeastern United States

282 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 13 illus

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1376-5
    Published: January 2014

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Leguminosae, the second of five books to be published in the Vascular Flora of the Southeastern United States series, focuses on one of the most important and largest plant families in the region. The legume or bean family, which includes soybeans, peanuts, redbud, and their relatives, is one of the two plant groups that have made civilization possible. The legumes furnish protein and oil for food and industry and, through bacterial nodules on their roots, maintain the nitrogen balance in the soil. Also included in this plant family are numerous ornamentals, particularly in the southern part of the country. This volume is the first to treat the southeastern legumes in nearly sixty years.

Geographical Range

Vascular Flora of the Southeastern United States covers the forested region of the southeastern United States west to the prairie and north to the southernmost terminal moraines. This region includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Notation of presence in adjacent states of Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey will be made.

Also in the series:

Volume 1: Asteraceae

Volume 2: Ferns, Gymnosperms, Magnoliidae [not yet published]

Volume 3, Part I: Rosidae and Asteridae [not yet published]

Volume 4: Liliopsida [not yet published]

About the Author

Duane Isely, professor of botany at Iowa State University, is the author of Seed Analysis and Weed Identification and Control.
For more information about Duane Isely, visit the Author Page.


"Isely is sensitive to the needs of the learner, paramount among which is a floristic text not only scientifically impeccable and complete, but also accessible to the eager amateur. . . . Here for the foreseeable future is the basic text in its field."--Rupert Barneby, curator, New York Botanical Garden