An indispensable, fully updated guide for everyone interested in identifying, studying, or conserving the flora of New England
This comprehensive manual offers accurate, up-to-date, and clear information for identifying New England's remarkable array of tracheophytes (vascular plants, excluding mosses). With fully researched entries on some 3,500 native and nonnative species, the book is the first in decades to provide a complete and correct botanical reference for the region's noncultivated plants. The volume includes many new species not documented in New England before, while also excluding many species that have erroneously appeared in earlier manuals.
Focusing on the taxonomy and distribution of New England plants, the manual is largely dedicated to identification keys and to species entries that provide scientific name, origin, regional conservation ranking, common name, synonyms, distribution, ecology, and other miscellaneous items of interest. Nearly one-third of the entries are accompanied by helpful black-and-white line illustrations.
Additional special features:
Precise distribution information, accurate to the state level
Details on unusual plant groups not included in other sources
Reliable and versatile keys for identification
Tips on recognizing hybrid plants in the field
A companion interactive teaching Web site (under development)
Arthur Haines is research botanist, New England Wild Flower Society, and curator, Delta Institute of Natural History Herbarium. He lives in Bowdoin, ME. Elizabeth Farnsworth is senior research ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society, and a widely published scientific illustrator and writer. She lives in Royalston, MA. Gordon Morrison is a prize-winning freelance artist, writer, and naturalist and illustrator of many children's books and natural history guides, including Bald Eagle, Pond, Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, and A Field Guide to Eastern Forests. He lives in Royalston, MA. New England Wild Flower Society, based in Framingham, MA, is the oldest plant conservation organization in North America.
“The hefty green tome offers a complete guide for identifying upward of 3,500 native and naturalized plant species currently growing roots in six Northeastern states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)....it’s a pleasure just to page through the illustrations: black-and-white drawings that look a bit like extraterrestrial creepy-crawlies.”—Aaron Leitko, Washington Post
~Aaron Leitko, Washington Post
"Based on almost ten years of empirical field research by Haines (Ancestral Plants), this guide represents a comprehensive update to and revision of significantly outdated and inaccurate subject research. . . . Stunning, margin-bound scientific drawings by Farnsworth and Morrison beautifully clarify the written descriptions. . . . Recommended for botanists and extremely knowledgeable enthusiasts."—Library Journal
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