By: Michael John Haddock
374 pages, 325 col photos, 18 illus
This is the first book on Kansas wildflowers or weeds to appear in 25 years. It supersedes earlier guides not only in the number of species it includes, plus its coverage of grasses, but also in its spectacular, true-to-life colour photos. Michael Haddock has assembled a guide to 264 wildflowers along with 59 grasses, sedges, and rushes. These comprise many of the state's most common and conspicuous species-as well as some seldom encountered or listed in field guides-and include many that are found throughout the Great Plains. Wildflowers are arranged first by dominant colour groups for quick identification, then by family within each colour category so that the user can compare a species with similarly coloured flowers. Each entry for flower or grass includes a complete profile for any given plant: scientific name, family, common name(s), flowering period, height, distribution and habitat, life span, basic morphological characteristics, and notes on historical food and medicinal uses where applicable. The book also features "finding aids" that allow one to narrow a specimen to a smaller number of possible matches - sometimes more quickly than by comparing it to the photos. These lists were created with the non-specialist in mind and are based on basic vegetative and floral features that are usually easy to determine.
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