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Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (1977)
by Lawrence Newcomb
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This would be the one wildflower guide that I recommenend to beginners. The system he uses is easier than most and geared toward the amateur field botanist.
One of the best laid out field books or guidebooks you will ever see. Too bad I don't care that much and have one for a college field trip that was concurrent with a much more interesting Geology of Northern Michigan class. Still worth having just in case I ever care to decipher a specific violet out in the woods. Assuming I have it with me at the time, which is unlikely.
A well designed, easy to use field guide, including a key, which makes it much more useful for definitive identifications.
Difficult to use without an understanding of flower construction and the flower is in hand. not for beginners. Howerver the book includes shrubs and vines and is worth having for this alone.
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An ingenious key system for quick, positive field identification of wildflowers, flowering shrubs and vines in Northeastern and North-central North America. Amateur and expert alike can quickly and accurately identify almost any wildflower using Lawrence Newcomb's system, which is based on natural structural features that are easily visible even to the untrained eye. Every time you see an unknown plant, ask yourself the same five questions (related to the type of plant and the structure of its petals and leaves), and you will be directed to the page on which the plant can be found. Beautiful illustrations make confirmation easy.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)582.13Natural sciences and mathematics Plants Plants noted for specific vegetative characteristics and flowers Herbaceous and woody plants, plants noted for their flowers Flowering plants
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Using this guide is infinitely faster and less frustrating than trying to figure out flower names online, and the illustrations are very well-done and helpful. I do wish more illustrations had been in color, but the black-and-white drawings are still effective. ( )