Roadside Wildflowers of the Southern Great Plains

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The surprise of the Southern Great Plains is color. From sheltered forest edges to open expanses of prairie, the floor of the Great Plains is dotted with wildflowers in a paintbox of brilliant hues.

Color is also the best starting point for identifying wildflowers, and this new field guide brims with color. It focuses on 239 species—those species common enough to be called "roadside" wildflowers—and includes 260 of the best color photographs available. To make identification easier for the nonbotanist, the guide is organized by color and then, within each color section, by blooming season.

Each of the 239 species is pictured in full color and accompanied by a wealth of information: common and scientific names, a habitat and distribution summary, notes on economic uses and related species, and a concise, nontechnical plant description. (Unavoidable technical terms are defined in a brief glossary.) Many species accounts also include line drawings of fruits or other distinguishing plant characters. Simple keys are provided to allow readers with more training or interest in botany to identify plants by their characteristics.

Although it's botanically accurate enough for the most seasoned botanist, Roadside Wildflowers of the Southern Great Plains is written and designed for nonprofessionals, vacationers, wildflower enthusiasts, weekend botanists, and anyone else eager to discover the secrets of the Great Plains.

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A simple and simply lovely guidebook, designed specifically for non- professionals, to 239 species commonly found in Kansas, eastern Colorado, the northwestern half of Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle, and northeastern New Mexico. Each of the species is pictured in a glossy color photograph (many include line drawings that highlight specific identifying features) and accompanied by a concise summary of useful (and interesting) information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700604487
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 6/1/1991
  • Series: Kansas and the Region Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents



-The Vegetation of the Southern Great Plains

-The Scope of the Book

-The Format of the Wildflower Treatments

-The Meaning of Plant Names

-The Use of Botanical Terminology

-Flowering Times

-Finding and Enjoying Wildflowers

Plant Identification

-Identification Keys

-White, Greenish White, or Green

-Pink, Red, or Brown

-Blue, Lavender, Violet, or Purple

-Yellow or Orange

Roadside Wildflowers of the Southern Great Plains

-White, Greenish White, or Green

-Pink, Red, or Brown

-Blue, Lavender, Violet, or Purple

-Yellow or Orange




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