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Wild Plants of the Sierra Nevada

Field / Identification GuideIdentification Key

By: Ray S Vizgirdas and Edna M Rey-Vizgirdas

321 pages, 2 maps, 82 line illus

University of Nevada Press

Hardback | Nov 2005 | #156944 | ISBN: 0874175356
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Paperback | Jan 2010 | #184130 | ISBN-13: 9780874177893
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The first comprehensive look at the many uses, from historical to pharmacological, of vascular plants found in the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada is the longest continuous mountain range in the United States. Covering about 20 percent of California's land base and part of western Nevada, it offers an exceptional variety of topographic relief and environmental conditions that allow for a high diversity of plant species, many of them endemic to the range. The Sierra contains over 50 percent of California's total flora, approximately 405 plant taxa native to the Sierra, and 218 taxa considered rare. "Wild Plants of the Sierra Nevada" inventories the flora of the entire range and includes comprehensive descriptions of the plants; their traditional uses as food, medicine, or for making tools and other utensils; and their habitat; plus "quick keys" to help identify similar species.

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Ray S. Vizgirdas is a fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Boise, Idaho. He holds concurrent positions as an instructor of field biology at the University of California, Riverside, and at Idaho State University. Edna M. Rey-Vizgirdas is a forest botanist in the Boise National Forest. She also teaches field biology courses at the University of California, Riverside, and at Idaho State University.

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