Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification / Edition 5

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Overview

Looking for a faster, easier, and engaging way to identify plants? Related plants have similar characteristics, and they often have similar uses. Rather than learning new plants one-at-a-time, it is possible to learn them by the hundreds, based on plant family patterns.

Each family of related plants has unique patterns for identification. Learn to recognize these patterns, and discover them again and again in the plants you encounter. It is possible to instantly recognize a plant never before seen, and in many cases, to know its edible or medicinal properties on the spot-even before you have identified it down to the species!

Botany in a Day is changing the way people learn about plants. A one-day tutorial introduces eight of the world's most common plant families, applicable to more than 45,000 species of plants. Master these eight patterns and have the skills to recognize an astonishing number of plants on any continent. Add to your repertoire by keying out entirely unknown plants and learning additional family patterns.

Botany in a Day is principally written for North America, but used and adored by readers all over the world. Botany in a Day is used as a textbook in numerous universities, high schools, and herbal schools. This book is widely used in nature programs and promoted in national parks. Botany in a Day is your passport connection to nature and discovering the amazing world of plants!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892784155
  • Publisher: HOPS Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Elpel started his building career from a tent in 1989. Twenty-one years old and newly married, Tom and Renee Elpel bought land, moved into a tent, and started building their passive solar stone and log dream home, although they had little construction experience and even less money. But they read books and learned through hands-on experience, completing their home for approximately what most people would spend on a new car. Elpel has continued to refine his ideas on low-cost, high-efficiency construction ever since, designing and building, or participating in the construction, of several additional stone, log, and strawbale buildings. Tom was inspired to write Living Homes in part to show that it is still possible to live the American Dream - to own a great home without a mortgage. Tom is continuing to hone his building skills, with the goal of developing ways to mass-produce and market low-cost, high-efficiency homes. When he is not building, writing, or trying to change the world, he spends much of his free time hiking and camping in the wilderness. His most recent book, Roadmap to Reality (2010), explores the relationships between self-awareness, spiritual consciousness, and the historical development of technologies.

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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.

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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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