Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail (Wildflowers)

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Whether you are a weekend hiker, a long-distance trekker, a trained naturalist, or a wildflower enthusiast, Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail is a necessary companion for anyone interested in the flora of the East's longest trail. Along with elegant, large-format photographs, this book contains information on flower color, bloom season, size, and range of nearly one hundred species. Citations to more than sixty additional species with respect to their distinguishing features are also included. Yet this is no ...
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Whether you are a weekend hiker, a long-distance trekker, a trained naturalist, or a wildflower enthusiast, Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail is a necessary companion for anyone interested in the flora of the East's longest trail. Along with elegant, large-format photographs, this book contains information on flower color, bloom season, size, and range of nearly one hundred species. Citations to more than sixty additional species with respect to their distinguishing features are also included. Yet this is no ordinary field guide. Not only will you be able to identify a particular flower, you will also learn the story behind its name, the fascinating role it has played through history, and its value in folkloric as well as modern medicine. You will discover that Skunk Cabbage produces its own heat (often melting snow and ice around it) and that Bloodroot contains an anti-plaque agent used in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Unlike any other resource, this book notes specific sites along the Appalachian Trail where flower species may be seen; each site mentioned can be found in the index of its respective Appalachian Trail Guide. (6 x 9, 224 pages, color photos)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780897322959
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Series: Wildflowers
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    The best!

    By far the most beautiful wildflower guide I've ever used. Each flower photo is a full page in size, none of that 6-8 photos on a page so that you can't make out any detail. And what photos! Joe and Monica Cook's photographic skills really shine here. I'm almost thinking of buying a second copy, just so I can frame some of the pictures. I was also tired of using books that just told me how to identify a plant. Adkins tells you that, but also much more--medicinal uses, how a plant got its name, why is grows where it does or why it is a particular shape. Tell me a flower has five sepals, four petals, etc. and I won't remember, but give me a story and the plant comes alive. The book won the National Outdoor Book Award, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award and, amazingly for what is essentially a photo book, a Virginia Literary Award. All justified in my mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Wow what a great book

    Fantastic photos and fascinating narrative

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    Best Wildflower Book I've Ever Used

    Full-color, full page photographs of each wildlfower makes it easy to identify flowers out in the field. Yet, the photos are so stunningly beautiful that this book could easily qualify as a coffee table book. The author's descriptions of the flowers go way beyond just identifying them. The plant 'biographies' (as I call them) provide entire backgrounds on the plants that are often overlooked by most other field guides. You learn why a plant grows where it does, why it's shaped the way it is, how it got its common or scientific name, folklore, traditional and modern medicinal uses, its role in history, and much, much more. There are even references to specific places where you may find each plant on the AT. This is not your typical dull or ordinary wildflower guide. It's a visual feast for the eyes and a great, informative tome on one the AT's most distinctive features--the wildflowers.

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