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Title:
Wildflowers of the western plains : a field guide
Author:
Kirkpatrick, Zoe Merriman, 1935-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1992.
Physical Description:
xx, 240 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780292790612

9780292790629
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Book

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Summary

Stretching from western Texas and eastern New Mexico up through Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas, and into Canada, the vast western plains often appear sparse and dry to the casual observer. But a closer look, especially after spring rains, uncovers flowers of all colors, sizes, shapes, and fragrances. These forgotten flowers, never before the main focus of a field guide, come into bloom in Wildflowers of the Western Plains. Organized by plant family, the guide presents 186 species of wildflowers, accompanied by vivid color photographs. Each entry includes both the Latin and common names and a description of the plant, flower, fruit, and range. A special feature of the guide is the inclusion of Native American botanical folklore, legends pertaining to wildflowers, and medicinal uses of native plants. The author's personal observations and occasional recipes round out this delightful array of information.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Map of the Western Plains
ForewordBenny J. Simpson
ForewordDavid K. Northington
Guide to Plant Names and Plant Families
Introduction
Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)
Alismataceae (Water Plantain Family)
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis or Daffodil Family)
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)
Boraginaceae (Borage or Forget-Me-Not Family)
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
Campanuiaceae (Bluebell or Lobelia Family)
Capparidaceae (Caper or Spiderflower Family)
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)
Compositae (Asteraceae) (Daisy, Sunflower, or Aster Family)
Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory Family)
Cruciferae (Brassicaceae) (Mustard Family)
Cucurbitaceae (Gourd or Melon Family)
Ephedraceae (Ephedra Family)
Fumariaceae (Bleeding Heart Family)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)
Iridaceae (Iris Family)
Krameriaceae (Rhatany Family)
Labiatae (Lamiaceae) (Mint Family)
Leguminosae (Fabaceae) (Legume, Bean, or Pea Family)
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Linaceae (Flax Family)
Loasaceae (Stick-leaf Family)
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Martyniaceae (Unicorn Plant Family)
Nyctaginaceae (Four-o'clock Family)
Nymphaeaceae (Water Lily Family)
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
Oxalidaceae (Wood Sorrel Family)
Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)
Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)
Polygonaceae (Knotweed or Smartweed Family)
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup or Crowfoot Family)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Rubiaceae (Coffee, Bluet, or Madder Family)
Scrophulariaceae (Snapdragon Family)
Solanaceae (Potato or Nightshade Family)
Tamaricaceae (Tamarisk Family)
Verbenaceae (Vervain Family)
Zygophyllaceae (Caltrop Family)
Illustrated Glossary
Glossary
Bibliography
Index