About the Book Published with the support of the Tennessee Native Plant Society, this Fifth Checklist of Tennessee Vascular Plantsdraws upon previous works and adds the results of the authors' combined field experiences of more than a century. More than 170 state records have been reported since the last list in 1993, resulting in a known flora of 2439 native and 435 naturalized taxa. A watch list includes several hundred introduced taxa with the potential for naturalization.
Family alignment, taxonomy, and nomenclature are up-dated and information on dozens of reported but unconfirmed taxa is appended. Other information includes common names, state and federal listings for taxa of conservation concern, the origin of non-native taxa, and synonymy. A brief history of the previous four checklists, dating from 1883, is included.
All entries are alphabetical under major categories (pteridophytes, gymnosperms, angiosperms--monocots and dicots). Alternative family and genus names are given in the alphabetical listings, making the catalog user friendly.
This catalog will be indispensable for professionals, students, and all others involved with or interested in the Tennessee vascular flora. In addition, the catalog provides the foundation for further work.
About the AuthorsEdward W. Chester is Professor Emeritus at Austin Peay State University where he has taught and directed student research for 45 years. His research has mostly involved floristics of Tennessee and Kentucky, especially Land Between The Lakes Recreation Area. He is currently actively involved with the Tennessee flora project.
B. Eugene Wofford is Director of the University of Tennessee Herbarium (TENN). His career of nearly 40 years includes teaching, directing graduate students, and research in floristics, systematics, and endangered species/unique habitats. He is contributing to the Tennessee flora project and is the contact person for theTENN website.
Dwayne Estes is Assistant Professor of Biology and Curator of the Herbarium (APSC) at Austin Peay State University. In addition to the flora of Tennessee, his research interests include the flora and phytogeography of southeastern U.S., flora and vegetation of eastern North American rock outcrops, and systematics of Plantaginaceae tribe Gratioleae.
Claude Bailey is Assistant Professor of Biology at Jackson (Tennessee) State Community College where he has taught Biology courses for the past five years. While maintaining broad interests in Tennessee and southeastern U.S. floras, his current research interests are focused on local and county floras in western Tennessee.