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With its high plains, rolling hills, and river valleys, Kansas is home to a surprisingly diverse flora, and among these riches are the 166 species of trees, shrubs, and woody vines identified, described, and pictured in this handy guide. Expanding and updating H.A. Stephens's 1969 classic, Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines in Kansas offers full descriptions of woody plant species found in the wild in Kansas, 138 of them native. County-level distribution maps show where species have been documented, and nearly 1,000 colour photographs highlight morphological features – habit, bark, leaves, flowers, and fruit.
Updated scientific nomenclature reflects our current understanding of the taxonomy of woody species, as well as the most recent findings in studies of DNA, macro- and micromorphology, cytology, ecology, and phenology. With keys for identification, additional notes about nearly 100 other native and non-native woody plants found in the state, and a comprehensive glossary defining all technical botanical terms, this user-friendly handbook should be the go-to guide for plant enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Michael John Haddock is associate dean of the Research, Education, and Engagement Division of K-State Libraries.
Craig C. Freeman is senior scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey and senior curator at R. L. McGregor Herbarium at the University of Kansas.
Haddock and Freeman are the authors, with Janet E. Bare, of Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds. Haddock is the author of Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide. Freeman is coauthor of An Illustrated Guide to the Endangered or Threatened Species in Kansas and Roadside Wildflowers of the Southern Great Plains. All published by the University Press of Kansas.
"The authors provide not only updated and detailed descriptions plus excellent color photos but also fascinating plant associations, such as using sand sagebrush as relief for intestinal ailments, and insect relationships, such as gall psyllids and hackberry. The organization and plant keys make available quick access to information about 166 Kansas species. A first-rate guide to the woody plants of Kansas!"
– Iralee Barnard, author of Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska
"This new field guide of the trees, shrubs, and woody vines of Kansas provides a very useful tool in exploring what grows around us. Professionals and backyard naturalists alike will enjoy learning from it. Michael Haddock and Craig Freeman are the ideal experts to provide the updated details of the plant characteristics and the helpful images that one needs to identify the 166 woody species that grow across the state and region."
– Kelly Kindscher, author of Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide