A Field Guide to Western Trees: Western United States and Canada


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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780395904541
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 237,382
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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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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