Sonoran Desert Wildflowers: A Field Guide to the Common Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert

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Sonoran Wildflowers is the ultimate field guide to wildflowers of North America's most biologically diverse desert, which straddles the Gulf of California between the Baja Peninsula and northwestern Sonora and stretches north into California and Arizona. Packed with vivid color photos and informative text, this valuable reference will help you identify and appreciate the varied flora of this vast region's six different climates.
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Overview

Sonoran Wildflowers is the ultimate field guide to wildflowers of North America's most biologically diverse desert, which straddles the Gulf of California between the Baja Peninsula and northwestern Sonora and stretches north into California and Arizona. Packed with vivid color photos and informative text, this valuable reference will help you identify and appreciate the varied flora of this vast region's six different climates.
This easy-to-use guide features: a tough, water-resistant cover and extra-durable binding, made to withstand vigorous field use; detailed descriptions and color photos of more than 300 plants; an introduction to the habitats and ecology of the Sonoran Desert; a primer on plant characteristics; a glossary of botanical terms.
Sonoran Desert Wildflowers is perfect for the novice and expert wildflower enthusiast alike. Whether you are lucky enough to spot the inconspicuous blooms of Devil's Spineflower or the spectacular Desert Mariposa, this guide will enhance your next journey into the remarkable Sonoran Desert.

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This durable paperback is a field guide to the 300 most common wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert. Written by Dr. Richard Spellenberg, professor emeritus of biology at New Mexico State University, Sonoran Desert Flowers contains detailed descriptions; information about bloom season and range; and interesting facts about each plant. Three hundred color photographs make this book an ideal companion for trips to state and national parks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762711369
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: A Falcon Guide Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Las Cruces, New Mexico resident Richard Spellenberg has a doctoral degree in botany and is Professor Emeritus of Biology at New Mexico State University. He has studied plants in western North America, particularly those of the desert Southwest, contributing to technical classification works and several books on wildflowers and general ecology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
North American Deserts 1
The Sonoran Desert 3
The Origin of the Sonoran Desert 4
How Plants Do It on the Desert 9
Keeping Cool on the Desert 12
Protecting That Tasty Morsel 14
From Seedling to Seed 17
Adapt or Lose the Race 18
You Are Invited 18
How to Use This Guide 19
Classifying and Naming Plants 21
Examining the Plant for Identification 22
Warning 29
Enjoy! 29
White Flowers 33
Pink and Purple Flowers 73
Blue Flowers 119
Green Flowers 135
Yellow Flowers 147
Red and Orange Flowers 211
Glossary 228
Additional Reading 234
Index 236
About the Author 247
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