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One person's weed is another's wildflower, but in this book weeds of southern Texas and northern Mexico are defined as plants that are considered a nuisance to farmers or noxious to livestock in the region. The book covers 189 species of broad-leaved herbaceous species, grasslike plants, and grasses, encompassing 144 genera and 45 families. These include one species of fern, 142 species of dicots, and 46 species of monocots. Of the dicots, 111 species of dicots are native and 31 are introduced. Twenty-one species of monocots are native, and 25 are introduced. The species descriptions include color photographs, family names, common names, scientific names, general descriptions, and the ecological characteristics of the weeds. Voucher specimens for most of the plants are on file in the University of Texas-Pan American Herbarium. Although this book focuses on plants that occur on both sides of the Rio Grande in Texas and northern Mexico, the extensive ranges of many of the represented species make it a useful reference for weeds in other areas of Texas and the southwestern United States. This book will be useful to farmers and farm managers, agricultural consultants, ranchers, natural resource managers, scientists, and anyone interested in the flora of southern Texas and northern Mexico.
The state tree, the white pine, is one of thousands of species of plants growing in the diverse ecosystems found throughout Michigan. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers and also includes an ecoregion map featuring prominent botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.
Not surprisingly, the 'Mayflower' (or Trailing Arbutus) is the state flower of Massachusetts. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers and also includes a map featuring prominent botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.
Ever wondered how to get the best from your camera when taking photographs of plants and fungi in the garden or out in the field? Then this is the book for you. This beautifully illustrated guide is aimed both at photographers wishing to use plants as a rich source of subject matter, and at naturalist gardeners who want to use digital cameras to record plants in a meaningful yet attractive way. Numerous practical skills are clearly explained, from basic photography to more complex time-lapse and high-speed techniques. Unlike other guides, this book does not focus solely on flowers; equal prominence is given to seeds, leaves, pollen, wood and trunks, as well as to broader compositions. "Digital Plant Photography" delivers the secrets of the professionals to the amateur photographer.
Carlos Magdalena of Kew Gardens is not your average botanical horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants from destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. He is a plant messiah. From the planet's tiniest waterlily - the Nymphaea thermarum - to Huarango trees with roots over 50 metres long, Carlos has a miraculous ability to bring breathtakingly beautiful plants back from the brink of extinction. He has travelled to the most remote and dangerous parts of the world - from the mountains of Peru to isolated Indian Ocean islands to the deepest Australian outback - in search of the rarest exotic species. Then, back in the Tropical Nursery at Kew, he uses pioneering, left-field techniques to help them grow. Now he's here to spread the gospel. The Plant Messiah is the inspirational story of a man who has devoted - and risked - his life to save incredible species, all in the name of making this Earth a greener and happier place. Amen to that.
In engaging prose and hundreds of gorgeous color photographs, Sally Page records a year at a small Dorset flower shop. Each chapter represents a different month and depicts what flowers are in season and what a typical month's activity is like. By sharing the joy of special occasions like weddings, birthdays, and holidays, while also touching on the sadness that is part of life, she shows how flowers represent the full range of human emotions.
This is a Southwest Book of the Year, which won 2005 Southwest Book Award. '[A] monumental study' - review of Texas Books. 'A reliable and handy general reference for those with an interest in cacti inside and outside this region. Recommended' - ""Choice"". 'These authors have...provided the world with the much needed scientific clarification on this family of succulent plants that humans have loved and hated for thousands of years' - ""Sida"". 'Information: Wow!...For both lay readers and for researchers looking for lots of data about the cacti of this rich flora, this book offers fascinating details presented in a very readable fashion' - ""Cactus and Succulents Journal"". 'This will be the standard reference for decades to come' - ""Southwest Books of the Year"". Of the 132 species and varieties of cacti in Texas, about 104 of them occur in the fifteen counties of the Trans-Pecos region. This volume includes full descriptions of those many genera, species, and varieties of cacti, with sixty-four maps showing the distribution of each species in the region. The descriptions follow the latest findings of cactus researchers worldwide and include scientific names; common names; identifying characters based on vegetative habit, flowers, fruit, and seeds; identification of flowerless specimens; and, phenology and biosystematics. The introduction - full of details about the biology and morphology of the family Cactaceae, the uses of cacti, and the horticulture and conservation of cacti - is an important reference for general readers. More than three hundred beautiful full-color photographs of the cacti in flower and in fruit, all cross-referenced to their description in the text, highlight the book. A glossary of cactus terms, an exhaustive list of literature, and a thorough index complete the book. A. Michael Powell is professor emeritus of biology and former director and curator of the A Michael Powell Herbarium, Sul Ross State University. James F. Weedin is a professor in biology/geology at the Community College of Aurora, Colorado, and research associate with the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.
A new approach to foraging Roger Phillips is the legendary godfather of foraging. Drawing upon decades of experience, his knowledge of wild food is unrivalled and in this richly illustrated book he shares some of his most recently gathered wisdom, collected from around the world. Roger reveals the edible and therapeutic secrets of our fields, woodlands and flower beds, and suggests tips for sourcing delicious morsels growing throughout the countryside and in our gardens. He also describes the native habitat and history of many fascinating plants and fungi, both common and unusual: from the camas bulbs eaten by the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, to the Italian and Spanish favourite, Caesar's amanita; from hostas, the familiar garden foliage consumed as a succulent vegetable in Japan, to the newly popular Australian citrus fruits. The Worldwide Forager is divided into four sections: mushrooms and fungi; flowers, leaves and herbs; fruit and nuts; and roots and tubers, and Roger uses each one to provide a wide range of ideas for making your meals more colourful, delicious and sustainable.
The diverse ecosystems of the Yellowstone Region are home to more than a thousand species of native plants. Yellowstone Trees & Wildflowers is the ideal pocket-sized reference guide for botanists of all ages. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species and includes a map featuring prominent botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.
Rosemary is for remembrance; sage is for wisdom. The symbolism of plants - whether in the ancient Greek doctrine of signatures or the Victorian secret language of flowers - has fascinated us for centuries. Contemporary herbalist Maia Toll adds her distinctive spin to this tradition with profiles of the mysterious personalities of 36 herbs, fruits, and flowers. Combining a passion for plants with imagery reminiscent of tarot, enticing text offers reflections and rituals to tap into each plant's power for healing, self-reflection, and everyday guidance. Smaller versions of the illustrations are featured on 36 cards to help guide your thoughts and meditations.
The fields, woods, hedgerows, coasts, gardens and even wastelands of Britain and northern Europe are home to an abundant supply of edible plants that are good to eat raw, cook as a meal in themselves or use as culinary ingredients in a variety of dishes. Food from the Wild is an indispensable field guide to over 250 species of fruits, nuts and seeds, flowers, stems, leaves and shoots, herbs, roots, seaweeds and fungi found in the wild. Each entry includes: * Detailed information on size, appearance, occurrence and habitat * Advice on harvesting, preparing and cooking the edible parts * Intricate artworks providing visual reference to aid identification * How to avoid poisonous species that may look similar This superb field guide to the wealth of edible plants that can be encountered on any walk provides you with the knowledge to select and sample the freshest and tastiest produce that nature has to offer.
An easy-to-use Jamaican nature guide, identifying over 400 species and containing 160 color photographs and 250 line drawings. The text is designed to give botanists and the more casual observer an opportunity to become familiar with the plants that grow in the Blue Mountain Range.
This guide fosters a deeper understanding of the unique beauty and diversity of the mountain forest. More than fifty percent of the plants described in the book occur only in the Blue Mountain Forests of Jamaica and nowhere else in the world.
The Blue Mountain Forests are currently threatened by agricultural activities, particularly on the southern slopes, and many of the unique species described in the book are threatened with extinction.
This is the first comprehensive book to cover every vascular plant family in the world, including all families of lycopods, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Organised in a modern phylogenetic order (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group IV for flowering plants and equivalent systems for other groups), over 450 families are described in this illustrated encyclopedia, with full information relating to their characteristics, relationships, etymology, economic uses and distribution. Written by three world-renowned authors with wide interests in plant relationships, horticulture and modern genetic approaches to the study of biodiversity, the descriptions are accompanied by a lavish selection of photographs, illustrations and maps. Many of the illustrations are the work of the first author, Maarten Christenhusz, who is an accomplished photographer as well as a botanist. This authoritative, comprehensive and beautiful book will appeal to a wide audience, from undergraduate students to practising botanists and horticulturists as well as interested amateurs.
Roadside Wildflowers can make a long road trip feel like a technicolor dream during the right seasons of the year. For the day commuter or long distance traveler, Roadside Wildflowers is the perfect pocket-sized, folding guide to familiar, widespread wildflowers. Created and printed in the USA, this guide was updated in 2012 with a new cover design and updated species selection. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar species organized by color for quick reference. Laminated for durability, this lightweight guide will conveniently fold to fit into your pocket or car sun visor.
Aimed at practitioners in governmental institutions and NGOs working in Africa and Latin America, this book has been written to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild multipurpose plant species in conservation, agriculture, and forestry projects, addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals "to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all." The publication forms one of the main dissemination achievements of The MGU-Useful Plants Project, developed under Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership, to conserve and use sustainably wild plants important for rural communities in Botswana, Kenya, Mali, South Africa, and Mexico. Institutional partners led the project in each country, involving rural communities, local authorities, and schools. A scientific approach was applied throughout. The core of this book presents detailed species profiles of 110 plants selected for their importance to communities and livelihoods. The profiles are structured in a clear and consistent format, providing information on taxonomy and nomenclature, plant descriptions, fruit and seed structures, distribution, habitat, uses, known hazards and safety, conservation status, seed conservation, propagation, and trading, along with key references from the literature.
A passionate and informative celebration of trees and of man's ingenuity in exploiting their resources: the perfect gift for anyone who cares about the natural world.
Trees are marvels of nature, still-standing giants of extraordinary longevity. In a beautifully written sequence of essays, anecdotes and profiles of Britain's best-loved species (from yew to scots pine), Max Adams explores both the amazing biology of trees and humanity's relationship with wood and forest across the centuries.
Embellished with images from John Evelyn's classic Sylva (1664), The Wisdom of Trees a gift book that will delight anyone who cares about the natural world and our interaction with it.
This handy identification guide to the plants that cause billions of dollars annually in crop loss and control measures includes information on:
The "Evergreen State" is naturally blessed with evergreens but many other important trees as well. Washington State Trees and Wildflowers highlights over 140 familiar species with intricate detailed illustrations. This lightweight pocket-sized, folding guide identifies familiar trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Created and printed in the USA, this guide was updated in 2012 with a new cover design and a back panel map featuring prominent state-wide botanical sanctuaries that seasonal visitors to the state and year round residents will appreciate the map featuring prominent state-wide botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, it is your perfect travel companion as you admire Washington's beauty.
What is a tree? Why are they so important to life on Earth? How do they eat, breathe, grow, communicate, and regenerate themselves? How many different kinds of tree are there and where do they live? In this beautiful little book, illustrated with rare old engravings and specially commisioned drawings, internationally renowned Finnish tree boffin Professor Olavi Huikari takes us on an unforgettable journey deep into the secrets of these hugest and most majestic of life forms. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES. "Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES. "Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.
The Algarve region of southern Portugal is an area of immense botanical importance with numerous endemic and rare species. It is also one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, where it sees more than seven million tourists per year. Scientists and sightseers alike are drawn to the lovely flowers that dot the landscape. This is one of the few comprehensive identification guides that caters to both kinds of visitors, and the first edition has been a best-seller. This second edition is fully updated with new species and new findings. Information is provided on where and when to see plants with information on their habitat and vegetation types. Rare and unusual plants of the region are highlighted, including orchids and parasitic plants. The more than one thousand descriptions are accompanied throughout with over 650 stunning color photographs, 780 line drawings, and distribution maps.
This complete guide to the crisp, precise finish of botanical painting marries traditional technique with contemporary style and includes sections on colour, drawing, continuous tone, composition and dissection. Michael Lakin makes botanical art approachable with simple exercises and a variety of step-by-step instructional approaches, making this a fantastic guide for aspirational beginners.
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