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Though Norman C. Fassett's classic, "A Manual of Aquatic Plants", has been superseded by a comprehensive new edition from Garrett Crow and Barre Hellquist, it still has an affectionate following, much like old editions of classic cookbooks and dictionaries. Fassett prepared the data to make the identification of aquatic plants as simple as possible, not only when they are flowering or fruiting, but also in sterile condition. The Manual covers a region from Minnesota to Missouri and eastward to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Virginia. Originally published in 1940, the Manual was reissued in 1957 with revised nomenclature and other updates by Eugene C. Ogden. "A Manual of Aquatic Plants" includes 219 elegant line drawings and seven photographs of aquatic plants, a glossary, an appendix of nomenclature revisions, an appendix on the use of aquatic plants by various fauna, and an index.
Norman C. Fassett (1900-1954) was professor of botany and curator of the Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, in a career spanning 1925 to 1954. He was a pioneer in preserving habitat of the rich and diverse flora of Wisconsin. He is also the author of Spring Flora of Wisconsin and Grasses of Wisconsin, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Eugene C. Ogden (1905-2001) was the state botanist with the New York State Museum in Albany. He was the first to feature random-access keys in botany, which are now widely used in computer-assisted identification.
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