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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers:…

by William A. Niering

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  LoBiancoBuzzard | Apr 4, 2017 |
These field guys can be wordy with difficult language, not something the everyday observer can easily understand but for some reason, children love looking at them. And they really can teach a lot. the pictures are beautiful as well. Very informational, and dare I say fun, reading material for little naturalists. ( )
  hannahmariebell | Mar 30, 2017 |
Very easy to use, but too heavy to conveniently take with you when hiking. I just leave it at home and take a picture of anything I have a question about and look it up from there.
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Apr 3, 2013 |
These were the field guides I learned from as a wee one. They have a front section of beautiful color photographs, arranged by color and shape, which cross-references to a textual section in the back, which is organized taxonomically. I have to confess that my affection for these is mostly nostalgic; I have rarely had luck using the plates to identify plants, because they often don't show growth habit or foliage very well, and sometimes don't even provide very good context for size. Sometimes two plants on the same page with very similar flowers will have been photographed in completely different ways, which makes it difficult to compare. They also lean toward the showier and larger plants, and leave out a lot of weedy, roadside/lawn species. They are very pretty, though, and the descriptive sections at the back are actually quite good. It's possible that I'm biased because all the common plants that can be identified out of here are ones I'd already learned by heart while I was stil pre-literate!
  melannen | Apr 12, 2012 |
Like all the audobon guides, this is highly usable, portable enough to carry in the field, and contains good descriptions of the species. ( )
  Devil_llama | May 22, 2011 |
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Excellent field guide for children and adults. Easy to read and locate information. I have learned a lot from all Audubon field guides and have all of them on my phone as well as hard copies of each field guide.
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887 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394504321, Vinyl Bound)

This compact guidebook, produced to the National Audubon Society's high standards of quality, gives full descriptions of more than 650 species found east of the Rocky Mountains, along with notes on several hundred more. The eminently sensible organization relies on first-impression visible characteristics rather than the elaborate keys of some older texts--a format well suited to beginning wildflower enthusiasts. If, for instance, you wanted to identify a long-stemmed, tubular red flower that you found in a grove of loblolly pines, you would first turn to the color plates, find the section devoted to red flowers, find a likely match from the 30-odd choices, and then turn to the text to see that the flower's habitat and range made a good fit, ruling out those species that do not. After a few minutes' looking, you'll have identified a trumpet honeysuckle. Well written and richly illustrated, this peerless guide makes the ideal companion for an expedition to eastern wood or prairie. --Gregory McNamee

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The bestselling National Audubon Society field guides to North American wildflowers have been brought to a new level of beauty, accuracy, and usefulness. More than 700 new full-color photos, showing every species both in close-up and in its natural setting, highlight these updated guides. New introductions provide clearer and more complete explanations of how to identify each species.… (more)

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