BALGOOY, M.M.J. VAN. 1997. Malesian Seed Plants. Volume 1. Spot-characters. An aid for identification of families and genera. 154 pp., numerous text figures. Published by Rijksherbarium/Hortus Botanicus, Leiden. ISBN 90-71236-31-5. Paperback. Price: NLG 50. ‘Malesian Seed Plants, Volume 1, Spot-characters’ is the first of three planned volumes. Volume 2 ‘Portraits of tree families’ and Volume 3 ‘Portraits of non-tree families’ that will contain brief characterizations of families, will be published separately in the near future.