Lowson, J. M. (1959)
Revised Howarth, W. O. and Warne, L. G. G.
Textbook of Botany
University Tutorial Press
I believe this was the main textbook for A-level Botany during the
years 1962 to 1964 when I took my A-level Botany. Dai cube used to dictate lessons
and draw diagrams on the blackboard while referring to various pages of the book,
and we wrote it all down.
The book shows the kind of ‘classical’ botany we learned which was mainly
plant anatomy and morphology,
and detailed descriptions of the families with
and floral diagrams, many of which we were expected to learn. There were also
extensive sections on the morphology and anatomy of the
mosses, and lower plants. The book has relatively little on
The illustrations of plant anatomy are particularly nice consisting of hand-drawn
and hand-labelled figures of a sort that you would think you could do yourself!
Click on the links in the text to see some sample pages.
In addition click here to see
some pages from Alwyn Griffiths’ Biology lab workbook dating from the early
1960s which includes his hand-drawn pictures of some of the features mentioned above.