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Newcomb's Wildflower Guide [Paperback]

Lawrence Newcomb
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April 13 1989
An ingenious new key system for quick, positive field identification of wildflowers, flowering shrubs and vines in paperback for the first time. 1,075 drawings, 175 in color.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hands-down best (for the Northeast) March 27 2004
This is the easiest-to-use and most thorough flower guide I've ever seen. Yes, most illustrations are black-and-white. It's an initial disappointment; however, the quick and sure five-step identification process is worth the lack of color (and the drawings are expertly done). It's much more complete than, say, the Audubon guide. Newcomb has yet to leave me stumped for the identity of any flowering plant. As has been noted, this guide is valid for the Northeast U.S., from Virginia-Kentucky up; and for Canada from Thunder Bay to Newfoundland. I wish the rest of you had a version -- it's indispensible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book Sept. 14 2002
By gfweb
Newcomb's guide is a great book, once you get past the initial training period. For those of us used to flipping through pictures of flowers and fruit until we think we have the right one, this book can be initially off-putting.
My advice...get used to it. Newcomb's system is more efficient and more certain than flower-flipping. A good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biology students love this book! June 19 2002
By A Customer
I have talked to all my classmates in my Field Biology class and they think this book is terrific. It's actually a required handbook for that class. Instead of returning it to get my money back, I decided to keep it to use in my biology classroom when I become a teacher. This is an easy to use book that has great pictures. I carry it with me when I go on nature hikes. I have yet to find a plant that is not in this book! If my biology teachers can realize the value of this book enough to make it required material, I am sure you will love this book. Whether you are a serious biologist, student, or someone that loves nature, this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple System Eases Wildflower Identification Oct. 8 2002
The author's system allows even amateurs like me to quickly and accurately identify wildflowers.
It is as simple as answering five questions which point the user to the appropriate page in the book where the flower is described and pictured. The text is great. The first sentence of each description distinguishes that plant from all others in that group.
If you are looking for a wildflower guide, they do not get better than this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newcomb's is the best handy field reference Feb. 6 2000
By A Customer
As an outdoor field biologist, I have worked with a variety of wildflower field guides. Newcomb's is my favorite because it gives the most comprehensive and systematic key that relies heavily on vegetative (non-flowering) parts. It starts with petal numbers, then quickly goes into factors of "leaves oppostive or alternate", "leaves toothed or lobed." If you like tree leaf keys, you will like Newcomb's. It is especially useful when identifying small plants at restoration seeding sites, non-flowering plants, and plants recovering or impacted by heavy deer browsing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Guide for the Southern Appalachians May 8 2001
I've noticed from other reviews that this guide is seen to be specific to the northeast. When I first wanted to learn about wildflowers I took a workshop in the western NC mountains and this was the the required text. Every wildflower that we identified was in the book. It seems that the cooler mountain elevations offer the same climate found in New England and Canada. Also, learning by leaf type makes it a lot easier to identify the plant when it's not blooming. I've had a copy of it in my car for the last 10 years and intend on keeping it there.
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If you're going to buy just one book on wildflower identification, this is it. While not foolproof, this system is the best I've seen. It beats by far other methods using color and shape of flower, as used in the Audubon and Peterson field guides (though both the latter have their place, and you should get both if you're really serious).
A most unique aspect of this book is that it includes shrubs as well as plants normally considered wildflowers, adding greatly to its utility for the amateur observer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newcomb's Wildflower Guide Aug. 6 2000
By Lynners
Based on the hardcover first edition of 1977: With this guide in my pack I've been able to identify just about every wildflower I've encountered coast to coast. After answering 5 basic questions (all easily answered by looking at the plant) you are lead to a selection of similar plants where drawings (in color or black and white)are the final step to identification. The drawings are clean and clear; much easier to use than the photographs in many plant guides
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good key to native wildlfowers
Haven't found anything comparable in the format of a field guide. Recommended for anyone trying to learn about native plants.
Published 6 months ago by Erin Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome guide!
Went camping at Fort Ingall, QC and saw so many wildflowers we had never seen before. This guide identified them all for us. We would have been so frustrated without it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Amazing book for anyone getting into wildflower ID, great drawings and descriptions make it so easy. Highly recommend for all skill levels
Published 11 months ago by Ashley Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that still impresses
This is a great field guild for any one from beginner to intermediate identification skills. The drawings are fantastic and the guide in its entirety is well organised.
Published 16 months ago by Jethier
5.0 out of 5 stars The best wildflower guide out there
The best wildflower guide out there. Other wildflower guides just don't compare to Newcomb's. This is the best. nuf said.
Published 19 months ago by Myles C Falconer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, but..
there's no way to tell from the web pages, but this book is only about wildflowers in the Northeast portion of the U.S., didn't do me much good in California. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Aid
Fantastic book with superb drawings as well as useful writings on the identification of native plants. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Flowers don't come in black and white
Because color is one of the main identifying characteristics of wildflowers, it doesn't make sense to print the drawings in black and white. Read more
Published on July 9 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Only east of the Mississippi
Living in Texas, we didn't find that a guide devoted to wildflowers found east of the Mississippi River to be overly helpful. Read more
Published on April 12 2002
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