Cronquist, Arthur New York Botanical Garden, New York, New York.
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That branch of biological science which embraces the study of plants and plant life. According to the specific objectives of the investigators, botanical studies may range from microscopic observations of the smallest and obscurest plants to the study of the trees of the forest. One botanist may be interested mainly in the relationships among plants and in their geographic distribution, whereas another may be primarily concerned with structure or with the study of the life processes taking place in plants.
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