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Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky provides an introduction to Kentucky's signature rare plants with 220 full-colour photographs by naturalist and award-winning photographer Thomas G. Barnes. The book draws attention to the beauty of Kentucky's old-growth forests, prairies, wetlands, and other habitats while focusing on the state's endangered flora.The authors note that as of this year, 275 plant species in Kentucky are considered endangered or threatened, with more than 50 potential additions to the list.
The book includes an overview of ecological communities and the ways in which they are threatened, an explanation of how various plants have become endangered, and suggestions for conservation and preservation.The Bluegrass State's rare wildflowers take center stage with gorgeous color photography and descriptions, organized by habitat. "Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky" will appeal to any nature lover, and the inclusion of references, a complete list of scientific and common species names, and a list of each plant's endangered status makes the book especially useful to gardeners and to botanists and horticultural professionals.