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Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpel's Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2009

    more useful than any other plant guide on my shelf

    This book has changed the way I look at plants. I've spent the past few years interested in edible and medicinal plants. Previously, when identifying a plant, I used to have to flip through color plates of unrelated plants, searching randomly for one that matched the unknown plant. Then, if I found it, I would have to memorize what its uses (such as astringent, good for stomach problems, high in starch, etc.), completely separately from other plants I already knew. But now, by just memorizing key characteristics of certain families, I can make an educated guess about a plant's uses before I even know what species it is. Although it is a technical book, it is also pretty easy reading because the author talks about his personal experiences with the plants to make it interesting. He also talks about which plants he found most useful as food sources and how long it took him to gather a quart or a cup of certain food plants. All in all, Botany in a Day is an essential reference for anyone interested in plants.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Very informational

    The book is designed to identify plants very quickly, yet has all the information you would need. Wonderful book!

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