Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Flora of...

Have you ever been planning for a botanical excursion in the United States and wondered what floras or field guides might be available to help with plant identification in that part of the country?


Here's a recently published resource that may help...

Flora and Field Guide References Supporting All U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Regional Supplements

Marianne Giolitto sent this along to me today, and I just had to share.  Thanks Marianne!  I'm sure that Lindsay will be happy that now I have a new checklist for books I have to have.

9 comments:

A.L. Gibson said...

thanks for the link, Scott! I thought my botany bookshelf was nerdy but that picture really makes me want to add some things to mine! if only those damn FNA books weren't so damn expensive. I have my eye on a few volumes...

Scott Namestnik said...

One at a time...

Keith said...

For those who don't know it, that's only about one tenth of Scott's botanical library. And none of the books are dusty because they get used all the time. No kidding!

Scott Namestnik said...

Well, one tenth is a bit of an exaggeration, but I am planning a post on a few of my newer references that are kept in one of my other bookshelves.

Justin said...

The Flora and Field Guide References you posted is missing two critical books for Utah and surrounding states. Flora or Utah and Grasses of the Intermountain region.

Scott Namestnik said...

Both Flora of Utah and Nevada and A Utah Flora are referenced in the document. Is there another flora of Utah that you're talking about? It certainly isn't a complete list, but new references are constantly being published, and I wonder if Grasses of the Intermountain Region (2010) is just too new. I also noticed that Reznicek's Field Manual of Michigan Flora (currently only available online) is not mentioned. I also found it a little odd that Plants of the Chicago Region is included as a field guide. Those things considered, it seems like a good starting point if you're looking for a guide for a specific area, as long as you consider the shortcomings.

The Phytophactor said...

What? Only 8 volumes of the Flora of North America? Get with the program! Tremendously useful, but not very portable. Wonder if they'll be a cell phone app soon? Oh, wait, then I'd have to get a cell phone.

Scott Namestnik said...

Well, I started with the important ones (grasses, sedges, composites) and have added a few from there. You know, they are available online, so with a cell phone with internet access you would actually be able to "take them in the field" with you.

Justin said...

Must have missed Flora of Utah when I looked through. Grasses of the Intermountain Region is also pretty new, but It's excellent.