Wildflowers of the Mountain West

Wildflowers of the Mountain West

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Many recreational hikers have stopped along the trail to admire a wildflower only to wonder what, exactly, they are looking at. Wildflowers of the Mountain West is a useful field guide that makes flower identification easy for the general outdoor enthusiast.

Many available plant guides are too technical or cumbersome for non-specialists to embrace. Covering New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Oregon, this book is perfect for the enthusiasts who has little botanical knowledge but would like to know more about the wildflowers they are seeing. Organized by flower color for easy reference, plant records include the common and scientific names, a description of typical characteristics, habitat information and distribution maps, look-alike species, color photographs, and informative commentary. In addition, the book provides a useful introduction to the Mountain West region, along with line drawings to illustrate basic flower parts, shapes, and arrangements; a glossary of common botanical terms; a quick search key; and an index.

The book is spiral-bound, making it easy to bring along while hiking, backpacking, or biking, and stunning full color photographs make visual confirmation of flower type simple and straightforward.

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ISBN-13: 9780874218961
Publisher: Utah State University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 85 MB
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About the Author

Richard M. Anderson is the Utah State University Botanical Center's nursery and greenhouse manager and oversees the plant introduction program. He resides in Malad, Idaho with his wife and three children. He is a history lover and thoroughly enjoys spending time scouring the mountain terrain in search of the next botanical beauty.

JayDee Gunnell is a Horticulture Associate Professor for Utah State University Extension in Salt Lake County, Utah. He also oversees the arboretum development at the Utah State University Botanical Center. He resides in Layton, Utah with his wife and four children. He enjoys any activity that finds him out of doors.

Jerry L. Goodspeed is a Horticulture Associate Professor for Utah State University Extension in Weber County, Utah, and co-directs two university-funded botanical gardens. He and his wife reside in Kaysville and are the proud parents of 6 children and 2 grandchildren. He is also known for his dry wit and humor that he finds in just about any situation.

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Wildflowers of the Mountain West

By Richard M. Anderson JayDee Gunnell Jerry L. Goodspeed

Utah State University Press

Copyright © 2012 University Press of Colorado
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-87421-895-4


In the summer of 2009, while leading a group of friends to enjoy mountain wildflowers, we noticed that many in our party had a desire to know the names and a little information about each of the flowers we were seeing. We also noticed that of the fifty pounds of books we lugged up the hill, most were too technical, had poor pictures, or were too cumbersome to make quick and correct identification of most wildflowers. This led to the three of us thinking about writing a field guide that would reduce the time spent identifying a flower and increase the time enjoying nature.

It is a normal instinct for us as humans to want to name nature's creations. This helps us to categorize and organize our world, which has been an endeavor for mankind since the early plant explorers, such as Linnaeus, Lewis and Clark, and others. The same feelings that drove those earlier naturalists drive us today.

In our effort to make identification easier for our friends, we also discovered that the whole nomenclature and taxonomy thing is harder to understand than a textbook written in some ancient language. The scientific name of some plants seems to change as often as the seasons, and what differentiates one species or variety from another can differ from one author to the next. We have strived (through voucher specimens, scientific literature, journals, and observations) to be consistent in scientific and common names with the majority of the botanists currently working with plants in the Mountain West region. However, as mentioned earlier, the naming of plants is a somewhat fluid science, and we are not always able to swim fast enough to stay out of the rapids.

We hope this field guide aids you in identifying wildflowers and allows you to spend less time in a book and more time experiencing the awesomeness and diversity of nature.


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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction The Mountain West White Flowers Yellow Flowers Orange Flowers Red Flowers Pink Flowers Purple Flowers Blue Flowers Green Flowers Brown Flowers Common Botanical Terms Bibliography Wildflower Quick Search Key Index About the Authors

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the way ALL wildflower ID books should be patterned!! You have all the important facts about habitat, bloom time, etc. but then you also have good photo's of the flower, the plant as a whole and a close up of the leaf. I already had 7 I.D. books at home but I could not walk out of the store without this one!! Thank you!! to the 3 author's!