Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia

by Timothy P. Spira
     
 

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This richly illustrated field guide serves as an introduction to the wildflowers and plant communities of the southern Appalachians and the rolling hills of the adjoining piedmont. Rather than organizing plants, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, by flower color or family characteristics, as is done in most guidebooks, botanist Tim Spira takes a

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This richly illustrated field guide serves as an introduction to the wildflowers and plant communities of the southern Appalachians and the rolling hills of the adjoining piedmont. Rather than organizing plants, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, by flower color or family characteristics, as is done in most guidebooks, botanist Tim Spira takes a holistic, ecological approach that enables the reader to identify and learn about plants in their natural communities. This approach, says Spira, better reflects the natural world, as plants, like other organisms, don't live in isolation; they coexist and interact in myriad ways.

Full-color photo keys allow the reader to rapidly preview plants found within each of the 21 major plant communities described, and the illustrated species description for each of the 340 featured plants includes fascinating information about the ecology and natural history of each plant in its larger environment. With this new format, readers can see how the mountain and piedmont landscapes form a mosaic of plant communities that harbor particular groups of plants. The volume also includes a glossary, illustrations of plant structures, and descriptions of sites to visit. Whether you're a beginning naturalist or an expert botanist, this guidebook is a useful companion on field excursions and wildflower walks, as well as a valuable reference.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Twenty-one major plant communities are described in detail, and the refreshing and easy-to-use format allows readers to explore each of the 340 featured plants in terms of their natural history, ecology, habitat, range, and uses—where applicable. Highly recommended.—Virginia Wildlife

I have never met [Spira], but I feel indebted to him for the time and thought that went into the compilation of this wonderful new source guide. I never thought I'd see anything this good on this topic for this region in my lifetime.—Asheville Citizen Times

This book, with its color coded sections, is easy to use. . . . Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, two-year technical program students, and general readers.—Choice

His book differs from others because it is organized by plant communities. . . . Spira makes it easier to understand the relationship between plant species and their particular physical environment. . . . This book certainly piqued my curiosity and has found a home on my book shelf.—And Sow Forth

One of the finest contributions to regional plant studies in recent years.—Asheville Citizen Times

It deserves a good look from individuals interested in natural history, plant communities and diversity, and conservation.—Plant Science Bulletin

Whether you are a beginning naturalist or an expert botanist, this guidebook is a useful companion on field excursions and wildflower walks, as well as a valuable reference." —McCormick Messenger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871720
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/16/2011
Series:
Southern Gateways Guides Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
540
Sales rank:
299,929
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Full of gorgeous photography, this in-depth guide to plant communities and plant identification will be of immense interest to field naturalists as well as birders, wildflower enthusiasts, hikers, nature lovers, and photographers.—Peter White, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tim Spira's book breaks new and fertile ground in the field of natural history. Using what is quickly becoming the state-of-the-art approach to understanding native plants—by considering them fully within their natural communities—Spira has successfully created a wonderful field guide to the southern Appalachian region.—Robert Wyatt, Professor Emeritus of Botany and Ecology, University of Georgia

Meet the Author

Timothy P. Spira is professor of botany at Clemson University.

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