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  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (April 13 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316604429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316604420
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Joyce on March 27 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By gfweb on Sept. 14 2002
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on June 19 2002
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig L. Howe on Oct. 8 2002
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Feb. 6 2000
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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