Wildflowers of Ohio Field Guide

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You've seen Ohio's beautiful wildflowers. Now learn to identify them. This is your field guide to 200 of Ohio's wildflowers. Full-page photographs and an easy-to-read format present the information that's critical to accurate identification. And the species are organized by color, so when you see a purple flower, simply turn to the purple section of the book. Wildflower identification has never been easier!
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Overview

You've seen Ohio's beautiful wildflowers. Now learn to identify them. This is your field guide to 200 of Ohio's wildflowers. Full-page photographs and an easy-to-read format present the information that's critical to accurate identification. And the species are organized by color, so when you see a purple flower, simply turn to the purple section of the book. Wildflower identification has never been easier!
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Editorial Reviews

Akron Beacon Journal - MARY BETH BRECKENRIDGE
Ohio wildflowers in guide
It would be fascinating to go on a hike with a naturalist like Stan Tekiela. He could point out all the wildflowers, tell you their names, even give you a little insight into what they've been used for or how they got theirnames.
Maybe you can't take Tekiela along on a walk, but you can take his expertise in the form of his new field guide, Wildflowers of Ohio.
The book contains color photos and information about 200 of the most common wildflowers found in our state. An introductory section explains a five-step process for identifying plants, and the book arranges the entries by flower, color and size to make it easy for even a novice to use. Tekiela, a naturalist and wildlife photographer from Minnesota, offers tidbits about the flowers such as the origin of their names or the types of wildlife they attract. He also includes a ruler to help in determining the height of a plant or the size of its flowers.
Wildflowers of Ohio is published by Adventure Publications and priced at $16.95. It's sold in bookstores and gift stores, and it can also be ordered directly from the publisher at 1-800-678-7006

- Mary Beth Breckenridge

The Kentucky Inquirer - ROB STOUT
Widflowers of Ohio
By Stan Tekiela (Adventure Publications; $16.95)
March Marks the beginning of wildflower season in Ohio, and those who thrill in seeing the first Crane's-bill geranium will find similar joy in this pocket- sized field guide, one of several now on local bookshelves. Mr. Tekiela goes beyond mere flower identification by delving into related matters such as pointing out the favorite flower of the hummingbird (the Aquilegia canadensis) and why the Myosotis scorpioides is better known as the Forget-Me-Not.
News Journal - KAREN PALMER
WILDFLOWER OF OHIO FIELD GUIDE
by Stan Tekiela (Adventure Publications, 410 pp $16.95, paper) is an eye-openin introduction to 200 colorft wildflowers found in our state.
For readers who don't knot their flat-topped asters fron Dutchman's Breeches, the book has a helpful color guide. If you see a blue flower and don' know what it is, go to the blue section. In each color-coded section, flowers are arranged from smallest to largest flowers.
Description for each flowex includes height, leaf, fruit, bloom, habitat and range. Color photographs are another plus, making a trip to the woods or pasture an educational jaunt if you have the portable little book in your hip pocket.
There are interesting notes about each wildflower, too. For the showy lady's slipper, the largest orchid in Ohio, Tekiela writes: "It should never be handled or dug, as this long-lived plant takes up to 15 years to mature and form flowers. Not common due to flower picking and futile attempts to transplant."
The Daily Jeffersonian - PAMELA HARMON
EYE ON THE COMMUNITY
Good book.......
The neatest little book crossed my desk the other day. "Wildflowers of Ohio." It's a field guide to 200 of Ohio's beautiful wildflowers. The guide is authored by Stan Tekiela, a naturalist and wildlife photographer.
The guide features an easy-to-use color guide. If you see a blue flower and don't know what it is go to the blue section! It's that easy. Each page includes Stan's Notes, which include naturalist information and interesting "gee-whiz" facts.
The book is available at local bookstores, gift stores, or directly through Adventure Publications for $16.95 plus $2 for shipping and handling.
The Times Leader - HARRIETT MIKLAS
Ohio is the place for all wildflower enthusiast
STAN TEKIELA gave us "Birds of Ohio Field Guide," His latest offering for residents of the Buckeye State is "Wildflowers of Ohio Field Guide."
Tekiela gives the reader a lesson in botany in the introduction to the guide. He explains in the introduction of
"Wildflowers" how to identify wild plants. He says the first step in identification is by color followed closely by size.
Next method of identification, he says, is by the appearance of the flower. How does it grow? Is it a single flower, a cluster, is the cluster. flat, round or a spike?
The next method of identification concerns the leaves of the plant and how they are attached to the stem of the flower. This will entail very, close inspection of the leaves, Tekiela says. He suggests observing they are attached opposite each other along the stem, alternately or whoiling around the stem.
He says some leaves clasp the stem at the base or passes through the stem.
Tekiela says "Using these five steps (color, size, shape, leaves and leaf attachment) will help you gather the clues needed to quickly and easily identify the wildflowers of Ohio."
The guide also includes icons used for identification purposes such as the color, size of flower, shape, leaf and leaf attachment.
In flower cluster icons, the icon color refers to each flower's color - sand where it is flat, round or spike. Flower type icons include regular, irregular, composite. bell and tube.
It appears leaves can be also simple and compound: simple lobed, twice compound or palmate. The leaves are also pictured in the book with icons. Leaf attachment icons explain whether a leaf is alternate, opposite, whorl, perfoliate, clasping or basal.
Some wildflowers growing in Ohio also have fruit and an icon is present explaining the fruit color, whether it is a berry or a pod.
Sound confusing, not really. With the help of these icons an amateur can traverse the forest in search of nature's bounty.
Tekiela also provides in his guide the season of bloom of each specimen.
He explains, "the life cycle of a wildflower describes how long a wildflower lives." It is an annual (here today and gone tomorrow or is it a perennial, returning year after year. We also learn that not all plants produce flowers the first year but require a longer cycle to bloom, where others bloom in the second year, but not return for the third year - a biennial.
While most of the plants in Tekiela's book are native born Ohioans others come from other locations, but have adapted to the growing conditions in Ohio. Actually some are "escapees" from "tame" gardens.
Tekiela suggests we do not disturb native wildflowers. It's hard to duplicate conditions in your home garden from those in the "wild," and some of these natives may be on the endangered list.
Thanks to garden centers, more and more species of wildflowers are turning up for home gardens. Tekiela assures us these "wildflowers have been cultivated and have not been dug from the wild."
Paging through the field guide which is layed out as to color of flower. For instance, the first section beginning with Forget-Me Nots, has a blue thumb like print. A picture of the plant is on the left hand page.
The copy begins with family name, in this case, Borage; height, 6 to 12 inches; flower style, "fusion of five petals forms tiny baby blue flowers with yellow centers or eye." We learn "each flower is 1/4 inches wide, sits atop 2 uncoiling stems ; stems are curled and unfurl when the flowers begin to bloom."
Next Stan describes the leaf type: blunt, stemless, lance shaped leaves, 1 to 2 inches long, which alternate along the stem, each leaf is covered with fine hairs."
The blooming cycle of Forget-Me-Nots is spring, summer and fall and the plant is a non-native perennial. The plants grow in wet soil, shade, along streams, rivers and creeks throughout the state of Ohio.
Stan's Notes is at the bottom of the description page. This provides valuable information. he says the Forget-me-not is a Eurasian native and "escaped gardens and grow: along Ohio's rivers and streams."
This plant is also referre Scorpion Weed, probably because the way the flower stalk coils like a scorpion's tail. Stan also tells us that it could be because of the odor of the plant that it got its name, or "hard to forget" the story of a suitor who fell over a cliff reaching for a flower to give to his love and cried "Forget me not!" as he fell.
The bane of hay fever sufferers in the late summer and fall belong to the Ragweed belongs to the aster family and grows 2 to 10 feet tall. This plant is listed in Tekiela's g uide in the green section, since its flowers are green and don't attract insects for pollination. We can the wind for that task. Unfortunately for Ohioans its range is throughout the state.
Ragweed may not be pretty but Butterfly-Weed is a real beauty. It is a member of the milkweed family and blooms cluster-type orange flowers atop stems 1 to 2 feet tall with hairy leaves 2 to 6 inches long. The 'weed" looms throughout spring and summer in prefers dry soil in the sunlight.
This particular wildflower is found on prairies and along railroad beds growing in clumps. Thi is available through nurseries for home gardens and its propensity to attract Monarch butterflies who lay their eggs on the plant, make it a must-have.
Another orange flower seen throughout the state is the Wood Lily who has at least 80 species to its credit around the world. According to Tekiela, eight are located in the eastern states, 10 in the Western and four in Ohio plant can be spotted in field interstates and wooded lands
Mainly used to prevent soil erosion, Crown Vetch, can be seen along interstates, on empty lots. The Eurasian and African import is beautiful when in bloom. It pink and white cluster flowers top fernlike foliage which grows 1 to 2 feet tall.
Crown Vetch is a member of the pea and bean family so can fix nitrogen from the air into the soil, improving its fertility. After once its planted, crown Vetch is almost impossible to remove.
Wild Geranium is another prolific plant. I've got this particular plant growing in various place on the property. Its fernlike foliage in pretty in itself. the lavender pink flowers are regular shaped, with coarsely toothed and deeply veined leaves. It has a tendency to mound and spreads prolificly. Though Stan's says in blooms in the spring, our geraniums have bloomed throughout spring, summer well into fall.
Though classified as a wildflower in the field guide, Columbine is widely cultivated throughout the United States and hybrids colors range from yellow through purple. The native species in a combination of orange fading into yellow. The native wildflower of Colorado, Columbine was once our national wildflower because its flower resembles the bald eagle's talons, says Tekiela. Its botanical name, Aquilegia, is Latin for eagle.
Not for the birds but for butterflies, the real "queen" of the forest, it a member of the carrot family. Queen Anne's lace grows almost everywhere in the wild. Its dozens of tiny white flowers growing in clusters on 1 to 3 foot stems has lacy foliage.
I'm sure everyone knows this flower. It made its escape into the wild originally in Europe and is only considered a weed because of its aggressive growth, according to Tekiela. The Queen plays host to Black Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.
Certainly not as beautiful as Queen Anne's lace, the Common Dandelion probably grows as extensively. It may be a wildflower but is probably the most expensive flowers in existence since Americans spend so much money trying to eradicate it from their lawns. It was originally used as a food crop because the leaves are full of vitamins and minerals; its taproot can be roasted and ground for a coffee substitute and the flowers reportedly can be used to make wine.
And people are spending millions a year to get rid of it.
A trio of plants listed in the wildflower guide are cultivated extensively in home gardens - Purple and Yellow Coneflowers and Black Eyed Susans.
Three more species saved front the wild
In addition to the few I've mentioned, the field guide includes 200 of Ohio's beautiful wildflowers; Anyone interested in purchasing the field guide can get a copy book: stores, gift stores or from the publisher, Adventure Publications for $16.95 plus $2 shipping and handling. Write Adventure Publications, 820 Cleveland Street South, Cambridge, MN 55008; 1 800-678-7006 or 1-877-374- 9016 toll free fax.
As Tekiela says, "Ohio is a great place for wildflowers enthusiasta."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885061379
  • Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 772,327
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide. For over two decades, Stan has authored more than 100 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 20 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in over 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services. Stan resides in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Abigail. He can be contacted via his web page at www.naturesmart.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    Not worth it.

    This book has some good photos but that¿s about it. It's poorly organized and difficult to use as a field guide. I found that the book didn't cover or mention many common species I run into, but there seems to be plenty of the more obscure and unusual plants. I think the author only put into the book the flowers he had good photo's of. The organization of the book is very bizarre and the only thing that makes any sense is that the flowers are color coordinated. While the data page is conveniently next to the photo page its information is pretty sketchy and generalized. In my estimation this is a vanity book for the authors photography. Seeing as how I already paid $16.00 for it I use it (I don't have a lot of cash to throw around) but it usually sits on the toilet tank for the usual reasons. The only other value is to use it as an occasional backup for other field guides because admittedly the photography is good. If you are looking for a good field guide this is not it. I would recommend that the author revamp this book into a coffee table book. Blow those pictures up into 8x10¿s and write some interesting prattle about how native Americans or ancient Europeans used particular plants to grow new eyeballs, cure cancer and talk to the dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Great pictures and explanations

    We go hiking and enjoy finding plants to identify along the way. We read Don Switzer's column in the Dispatch and use the book to know what we are looking for and where he has seen them lately.

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