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Wild orchids across North America : a botanical travelogue
Keenan, Philip E.
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Publication Information:
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [1998]

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321 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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QK495.O64 K397 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The author has driven more than 100,000 miles and walked several hundred more in pursuit of orchids in their native habits. This is an account of his trips in Canada and throughout the U.S.

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Booklist Review

There are about 145 orchid species representing 35 genera in North America. Keenan documents most of them in striking color photographs taken in their native habitats during his 100,000-mile drive. An engaging text in the form of a travelogue complements the photographs. Arrangement is geographical: Alaska, Canada, New England, mid-Atlantic, Midwest, the Southeast, and the West. An orchid checklist has a helpful guide to pronunciation. Readers can follow Keenan's remarkable 100,000-mile trip merely by turning the pages. --George Cohen

Choice Review

With 50 years of plant involvement behind him, Keenan provides an engaging botanical travelogue describing his search for native North American orchids, excluding those from tropical Florida and Mexico. That still leaves about 145 species representing 35 genera. Not all the North American species have been covered because, as the author quotes Susan Sontag, "I haven't been everywhere--but it's on my list." The chapters are organized by geographic regions starting with Alaska, then Canada, New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, the Southeast, and the West. The descriptions are greatly enhanced by the author's beautifully printed color photographs and, in addition, there are illuminating comments on the wildlife, geology, and other feature of orchid habitats. Glossary; extensive bibliography; checklist of North American orchids; notes on photography; list of the author's favorites; identification synopsis; index of plant names. A compelling, lively, and engrossing account of a naturalist's passion for a group of hauntingly beautiful and ecologically threatened species belonging to the largest family of flowering plants in the world. Highly recommended for all libraries. General readers. L. G. Kavaljian; California State University, Sacramento