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Title:
Wildflowers of the southern mountains
Author:
Smith, Richard M., 1914-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xxxii, 262 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780870499920
Format :
Book

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Naturalist Richard Smith has prepared a complete, non-technical guide to nearly all the flowers that range from the Pennsylvania border into northern Georgia. 600 color plates. 112 line drawings.


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Smith's field guide to the wildflowers of the southern Appalachians, from western Maryland south to northeastern Alabama, has color photographs and brief descriptions for more than 600 species, and descriptions but no illustrations for almost 600 more. Many of these species are widespread in the southeastern US, so the book should be useful over a wide area. The photographs are attractive and well reproduced, and are usually a good representation of the plant. The text consists of an extremely brief description for each species, notes on habitat and flowering time, and, where appropriate, on economic uses (either current or historical). Flowers are arranged by family and can be found with an unorthodox but workable key based on the structure, form, and color of the flowers. Since the book is aimed at lay readers with little training in botany, a fuller introduction would have been welcome--Smith's introduction is brief and contains some minor but annoying inaccuracies. The book describes a very diverse flora, much of which is not covered by other technical works. General readers; undergraduate and graduate students; professionals; two-year technical program students. A. Whittemore; Missouri Botanical Garden