The book highlights the anatomy of flower stalks of 161 species of central European Monocotyledonae. Excluded are the Poaceae and Cyperacea. They are characterized in volume I and II of this series. All sections of fresh material are double stained with the red stain Safranin and the blue stain Astrablue. Therefore lignified and unlignified parts can be differentiated. The high-quality photograph with magnifications of 100 and 400 times are based on permanent slides, preserved in Canada Balsam. The variability within the 24 families greatly varies. Therefore it is possible to differentiate many taxa. An identification key demonstrate specific features. The detailed taxonomic value is limited, because all descriptions are based on one individual.
Described are species for the Families of Alismataceae, Amarilidaceae, Araceae, Asoaragaceae, Bambusae, Butomaraceae, Commelinaceae, Dioscoraceae, Hoydrocharidaceae Hydrochariadaceae, Iridaceae, Juncaceae, Juncaginaceae, Liliaceae, Melanthiaceae, Orchidaceae, Potamogetonaceae, Smilaceae, Sparaginaceae, Streliziaceae, Tofieldiaceae, Typhaceae, Xynthorraceae, Zingibergaceae and zosteraceae. A few species demonstrate prinical structures of Bambusae, Palmae and Draceanaceae.
The fresh material is primarily collected and taxonomically determined by the first author.