This is the third and final volume of the series ‘Malesian Seed Plants’. It contains the ‘portraits’ of 124 non-tree families, i.e. families which are mainly herbaceous, climbing, shrubby, or trees with a stem diameter at breast height of less than 10 cm or a height of less than 10 m. Users of the present book are referred to Volume 1 of this series (Van Balgooy 1997) for an explanation of the historical background of the series and a survey of spot-characters, and to Volume 2 (Van Balgooy 1998) for a glossary of terms and instructions how to use the ‘portraits’.