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Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains
     

Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains

by Richard M. Smith
 
Wanderers in the Southern Appalachians are greeted by an astonishing variety of wildflowers, but distinguishing one flower from another can sometimes be a problem. An appreciation of a blossom's beauty may give way to frustration as one tries to match it with a typical field guide's limited number of pictures or decipher a technical identification key.

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Overview

Wanderers in the Southern Appalachians are greeted by an astonishing variety of wildflowers, but distinguishing one flower from another can sometimes be a problem. An appreciation of a blossom's beauty may give way to frustration as one tries to match it with a typical field guide's limited number of pictures or decipher a technical identification key.

Now naturalist Richard M. Smith has prepared a complete, non-technical field guide—featuring 600 color photos—to nearly all of the flowers in the southern mountains that stretch from the Pennsylvania border into northern Georgia. Focusing on more than 1,200 species found in the Blue Ridge physiographic province, he provides pictorial keys based on flower shape and color that enable readers to make quick and reliable identifications on the spot.

Once a flower is tentatively identified, the reader is referred to text that describes each plant in greater detail—often calling attention to those features that distinguish one species from a similar one—and to clear, detailed photographs of typical specimens. Interspersed throughout the text are historical notes about many plants, including their uses as food or medicine. Technical jargon is kept to a minimum, and scientific terms essential to the book's accuracy are defined in a glossary.

No other volume offers such complete coverage of virtually every herbaceous wildflower found in the Southern Appalachians or makes their identification so easy. While ideally suited to travelers in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, it is useful for much of the eastern United States. With its combination of comprehensiveness, illustrations, portability, and easy access to information, Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains is an essential guide for wildflower enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors.

About the Author:
Richard M. Smith is an experienced amateur botanist who has worked with the National Park Service to create self-guided nature trails and served as a director of the Asheville Botanical Gardens. He is also the author of Wild Plants of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870499920
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Outdoor Tennessee Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 9.41(h) x 1.00(d)

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John B. Nelson
Solid, useful botany and outstanding color photographs make this work a valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in mountain plants of the Southeast.
—(John B. Nelson, curator, A. C. Moore Herbarium, University of South Carolina)

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