A Field Guide to Western Trees

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This newly designed field guide features detailed descriptions of 387 species, arranged in six major groups by visual similarity. The 47 color plates and 5 text drawings show distinctive details needed for identification. Color photographs and 295 color range maps accompany the species descriptions.
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This newly designed field guide features detailed descriptions of 387 species, arranged in six major groups by visual similarity. The 47 color plates and 5 text drawings show distinctive details needed for identification. Color photographs and 295 color range maps accompany the species descriptions.
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This new field guide includes all the native and naturalized trees of western North America, from the arctic treeline in Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. Some 400 trees are illustrated in color, along with comparison charts, range maps, keys to plants in leafless condition, and text distinctions between similar species. Beautiful work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395467305
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Series: Peterson Field Guide Series
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 4.72 (w) x 7.51 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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TWO-NEEDLE PINYON Pinus edulis Engelm. Pl. 1
A short, round-topped, arid-zone tree mainly of the s. Rockies.
Needles 2 per cluster, 3?4–2 in. long, dark green, sharp but
not
spiny. Cones short, 1–2 in. long, somewhat spherical, with thick,
blunt, thornless scales and 2 wingless half-inch nuts per scale.
Height 15–20 (50) ft.; diameter 1–2 (3) ft. Dry sites. Similar
species: See Lodgepole Pine. Remarks: Like the other nut pines (see
Singleleaf Pinyon), the fruits are eagerly sought by wildlife and
humans alike. Reported to be the most common tree in N.M. A single-
needle population is reported to occur in cen. Ariz. Resin from trunk
wounds is said to have been used by Native Americans to waterproof
woven bottles and to cement turquoise jewelry.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Note vii
Preface ix
How to Use This Book 1
Illustrated Plan of the Six Main Sections 18–19
PLATES 21
SPECIES ACCOUNTS 117
I. Trees with Needlelike or Scalelike Leaves, Mostly
Evergreen (Plates 1–10) 119
Conifers with Clustered Needles 120
Conifers with Single Needles in Woody Pegs 145
Conifers with Small Scalelike Leaves 167

II. Broad-leaved Trees with Opposite Compound Leaves
(Plates 11–14) 187

III. Broad-leaved Trees with Opposite Simple Leaves
(Plates 15–17) 205

IV. Broad-leaved Trees with Alternate Compound Leaves
(Plates 18–25) 219
Trees with Thorns 220
Trees Thornless and Leaves Once-compound
Leaflets Toothed 236
Leaflets Not Toothed 244
Thornless Southwestern Trees with Alternate Leaves
Twice-compound 254

V. Broad-leaved Trees with Alternate Simple Leaves
(Plates 26–46) 258
Leafless Desert Trees with Twigs Spine-tipped 258
Trees with Side Thorns 263
Thornless Trees
Leaves Fan-lobed 273
Leaves Fan-veined 279
Leaves Feather-veined: 293
Leaves Double-toothed 336
Leaf Teeth Single or Lacking 352

VI. Palms, Cacti, and Yuccas (Plate 47) 376

Appendix A: Key to Trees in Leafless Condition 391
Appendix B: Plant Relationships 398
Glossary 402
References 408
Photo Credits 412
Index 414

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