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Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky
     

Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky

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by Thomas G. Barnes
 

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Kentucky's rich soil and wonderfully diverse landscapes have for centuries made the state a welcoming habitat for a dazzling variety of wildflowers. From the delicate Kentucky glade cress to the fiery royal catchfly, flowers, grasses, and sedges nestle on rocky hillsides, bask in open woodlands and prairies, and even manage to thrive in busy rights of way and

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Kentucky's rich soil and wonderfully diverse landscapes have for centuries made the state a welcoming habitat for a dazzling variety of wildflowers. From the delicate Kentucky glade cress to the fiery royal catchfly, flowers, grasses, and sedges nestle on rocky hillsides, bask in open woodlands and prairies, and even manage to thrive in busy rights of way and roadsides. As demand for natural resources and land for development and housing in the Commonwealth grows, land use and habitats are quickly changing. Unfortunately, this translates into disappearing or degraded habitats for a host of remarkable wildflowers. Currently 255 plant species in Kentucky are considered endangered or threatened, and there are more than 50 potential additions to the list. Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky provides an introduction to Kentucky's signature rare plants with 220 gorgeous full-color photographs by Thomas G. Barnes, a naturalist and award-winning photographer. These rare wildflowers and their descriptions are organized by habitat, and the book draws attention to the enduring beauty of Kentucky's old-growth forests, prairies, wetlands, and other habitats. In addition to serving as a stunning photographic record of Kentucky's rare plants, the book examines ecological communities and the ways in which they are threatened. The authors also explain how various plants have become endangered over the decades and suggest concrete steps for conservation and preservation at both the government and private level. The book also includes references, a list of scientific and common species names, and a list of each plant's endangered status that is especially useful to gardeners, botanists, and horticultural professionals. Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky is both a celebration and a call to action to save the plants that are a vital part of Kentucky's natural heritage.

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"The large format does justice to the 220 lush color photos by Barnes, an award-winning photographer and naturalist." —Connie Krochmal, BellaOnline" —

"This book is well written and is recommended for general naturalists, gardeners, horticulturists, lower-level biology undergraduate students, and concerned citizens interested in protecting rare plants."—Dr. Nina L. Baghai-Riding, Plant Science Bulletin" —

"With outstanding photographs...[Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky] should serve as a stimulus for additional study by both amateur and professional botanists." —The Tennessee Academy of Science Journal" —

"Beautiful color photographs illustrate 220 of the rare plants described. This impressive and informative book will be valued not only by conservationists, but by gardeners and naturalists as well." —Northeastern Naturalist" —

"With photographs, the authors bring Kentucky's rare plants to life, and the reader appreciates the stakes if action is not taken to preserve them." —Native Plants Journal" —

"Most people will find the photography stunning." —Natural Areas Journal" —

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813124964
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
1,369,116
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas G. Barnes is extension professor of forestry and wildlife specialist at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Gardening for the Birds, Kentucky's Last Great Places, and Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky.

Deborah White is branch manager and senior botanist at the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.

Marc Evans is senior ecologist at the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.

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Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Burgin-Elder More than 1 year ago
This is one of three books by Thomas Barnes that I own. This book has book information on the more rarer of the wildflowers of Kentucky. It is not as extensive as his Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky. It is more of what I would call a Coffee Table book. But once again he does an excellent job in both writing and photography in this book.