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Wildflowers of the eastern United States
Duncan, Wilbur H. (Wilbur Howard), 1910-2005.
Publication Information:
Athens : University of Georgia Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxxiv, 380 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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QK115 .D86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
QK115 .D86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QK115 .D86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QK115 .D86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Richly illustrated with over 600 color photographs, this guide describes more than 1,100 wildflowers that can be found east of the Mississippi--in our woods and parks, along mountain trails or dunes, and even floating in streams. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, an amateur naturalist or a professional botanist, this guide will be a welcome addition to your library, classroom, or backpack.

Wildflowers of the Eastern United States is

Thorough: Covers more than 1,100 species of wildflowers found from Maine to northern Florida, including forbs, grasses, rushes, and sedges. More than 700 of these species also are found west of the Mississippi.Useful: Includes both common and scientific names. The succinct descriptions and color photographs provide the most easily recognizable characteristics necessary for positive identification of each species.Accessible: Keeps language as simple as possible so that hobbyists as well as specialists will find the book accurate and easy to use. A glossary and line drawings define and illustrate botanical terminology, and the authors provide a brief guide to plant structure.Informative: Describes range, blooming season, and typical habitat for each species. A list of plants with unusual characteristics is a further aid to identification.

Author Notes

Wilbur H. Duncan is among one of the foremost authorities on the natural vegetation of the eastern United States. He is a professor emeritus of botany at the University of Georgia.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Choice Review

The eastern deciduous forest biome, which extends from the Great Plains to the Atlantic and from southern Canada to central Florida, contains a variety of habitats supporting several thousand species of wildflowers. For decades, the Duncans have botanized this area and have compiled a useful guide to more than 1,000 species, many with wide distribution but also including those of regional interest. The bulk of their book is the species accounts containing the usual description, range and habitat data, and a section of color photographs mostly taken by the authors. A strength of the book is the photography, and although priority was given to showing diagnostic features, most photos are also very appealing visually. The 20-page introductory section includes a fine glossary and illustrations of necessary terminology, but only a very brief key (in one case narrowing the search to 60 pages of text) and no treatment of the habitats mentioned in the book. A criticism of this work (at least for those who know scientific terminology) is the misspellings of scientific names; nine were noted without attempting a thorough search. General readers. D. A. Lovejoy; Westfield State College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
General Introductionp. xv
Glossaryp. xxix
List of Abbreviationsp. xxxv
Species Descriptionsp. 1
Color Platesp. 181
Indexp. 349
Photo Creditsp. 379