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Invasive Plants [Paperback]

Wallace Kaufman
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Book Description

April 30 2007

Identifying and understanding the plants that are changing the North American landscape forever

Full-color photographs make identification simple

An easy-to-use, wide-ranging guide to invasive plants in North America. Features full-color photos and descriptions of some 175 alien species--both terrestrial and aquatic--that are in some cases changing the landscape to an almost unimaginable degree. Accompanying text describes the plant's environmental and economic impacts as well as management techniques used to control it. Also includes an explanation of what an invasive is and a step-by-step identification key. An essential guide to understanding this unprecedented environmental challenge.

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Sylvan Ramsey Kaufman is conservation curator at the Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Maryland, and a specialist on invasive plants.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe we once loved you June 16 2014
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Vines brought in for erosion control, roses brought in to form hedgerows, flowers brought in for exhibitions, herbs brought in for medicinal properties -- once we loved you. Alas, you did not understand our boundaries, our preferences, our lovely gardens. You turned on us. You became aliens, weeds and noxious. You crowded out our chosen exotics and our natives. You became "invasive". Bad, bad, bad.....

At root with this topic we are dealing with issues of biogeography and plant distribution, and yes, survival of the fittest. Plants don't get born with the "invasive" gene, they get labeled that way because we humans don't like them where they are or their "intrusive" growth habits in our gardens, parks and forests. They suffer the same fate as weeds. Do you find dandelions a beautiful spring flower with health giving leaves or do you see it as an invader of your otherwise beautiful lawn? It isn't the plant that chooses its name folks, it is us.

That said, the book has a good introduction and introduces us to a full range of what are currently considered the bad boys of the invasive world. And, many of them do act like "bad boys" as they jump into the business of occupying territory at the expense of others. On the other hand, it is interesting to note that at least 53 of the species are also listed in Pickett's book "Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast" where they are given credit for being able to tolerate extreme growing conditions and "green" areas where other plants are unable to survive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Comprehensive Field Guide to Invasive Plants April 24 2007
By David Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an outstanding reference for homeowners, hikers, naturalists, and botanists trying to learn more about what plants are invasive in their backyards,neighborhood parks, and forests and what to do about them. I especially like the pictures -- most useful for identification. And not only can you learn to identify invasive plants, but the book has informative sections for each species on why that species is a problem and how to control it. I really liked the fascinating stories behind the plants. Once you take a look at this book, you will start seeing invasive plants everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! An Invasive Plant Guide Jan. 6 2008
By Randy J. Mercurio - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I am not a professional botanist to point out technical errors I have found this book to be very useful. Each plant species covered has a "Name and Family" section which includes the common and scientific name along with the common and scientific name of the family. There are also brief "Identifying Characteristics", "Habitat and Range", "What it does in the Ecosystem", "How it came to North America", "Management" and a "For More Information" section which refers to literature and/or web sites. I wanted a book that could help me quickly identify plants along roadsides and disturbed habitats that are typically known to be invasive. My interests involve edible plants and this book helps me determine if the plant I am curious about has any edible parts because it allows me to identify the plant and then cross reference it in other books or on the internet once I know the species. Lots of photographs (at least 2/species usually more) to help spot that plant you are looking for and they usually show enough features of the plant to help identify it. From an ecological standpoint I think it is great to have this book at the fingertips of those looking to restore natural habitats on their own property or our nature preserves. Finally!, a book that can assist us all with the massive problem of invasive plants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical reference for invasive plants May 15 2007
By Ecorico - Published on Amazon.com
This book is much more than a field guide. The authors provide practical advice on eradicating invasive species, as well as fascinating histories of how the invasive plants got here in the first place. It's amazing how many of them were brought over for gardens! The guide is thorough, covering both terrestrial and aquatic species. Recommended for anyone with pesky invasive plant problems, be it a homeowner or a natural resource manager.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Field/Office Tool Oct. 30 2008
By Matthew T. Grabowski - Published on Amazon.com
Book contains great photographes, historical information, and treatmeant options. Also including both upland and aquatic plants makes this book great for anyone working with Invasive Species.

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3.0 out of 5 stars difficult to use Aug. 9 2009
By Jo T. - Published on Amazon.com
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i own several weed and wildflower weed identification books. this one is nearly impossible to use for ID'ing plants and flowers. the table of contents does not list the sections used to categorize the plants that are included in the book. there is no way to find each section except to thumb carefully through the book. the categories used are also not very helpful for quick ID. if you are looking for an ID book, i dont recommend this one. if you are interested in reading more about plants you have already identified, this book is fine.
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