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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
|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|
|Pink and Purple Flowers||73|
|Red and Orange Flowers||211|
|About the Author||247|