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Appalachian wildflowers
Hemmerly, Thomas E. (Thomas Ellsworth), 1932-
Publication Information:
Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 327 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm

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QK122.3 .H46 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This informative field guide covers the wildflowers of the entire Appalachian region, which stretches from Quebec to northern Alabama, encompassing the Catskills of New York, the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and many mountain ranges in between. Using this book, readers will learn to identify this region's wildflowers by shape, color, family, and habitat.

Ecologist and botanist Thomas E. Hemmerly encourages us to "read the landscape" in order to learn about plants' habitats, distribution, and use. In his brief, introductory chapters, he describes ecosystems such as mountain forests and wetlands to provide a context for the information on individual plant species that will be valuable to both professional scientists and amateur naturalists.

Practical: The 378 color plates, grouped by color for clear reference, appear alongside plant descriptions for ease of identification.Informative: Each entry includes a description of the plant's habitat, abundance, and geographical distribution, along with information about its ethnobotanical, economic, or medicinal uses. An appendix lists and describes the best places in the Appalachians for "botanizing."User-Friendly: Diagrams of leaf and flower shapes are a further aide to plant identification.The Appalachian Region: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Author Notes

Thomas E. Hemmerly, author of Wildflowers of the Central South , is a professor of biology at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Choice Review

Hemmerly (biology, Middle Tennessee State Univ.) offers a guide to plants with showy flowers and, in some cases, showy fruits, of the entire Appalachian chain, from the Gaspe peninsula of Quebec south to northern Georgia and northeastern Alabama. For each species there is a color photograph; English, French, and scientific names; and a brief text pointing out a few distinctive characteristics for each species, describing the habitat and flowering time, and noting how to distinguish similar species that are not illustrated. More than 300 species are illustrated, and some 500 others are discussed. The photographs are well reproduced and generally show clearly the important features of the plant. The plants are arranged by color and by family; there are no identification aids, but a student familiar with plant families should be able to find most plants easily. The book begins with an overview of the major habitats found in the Appalachians, discussing some regional ecological and conservation issues. Aimed at the interested layperson, but serious students will certainly use it in making and checking identifications. General readers; undergraduates; two-year technical program students. A. Whittemore; Missouri Botanical Garden