A Field Guide to the Ferns & Lycophytes of Louisiana: Including East Texas, Southern Arkansas, and Mississippi Paperback – Apr 1 2011
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About the Author
Ray Neyland is the author of Wildflowers of the Coastal Plain: A Field Guide. His passion is to search for, photograph, and collect wildflowers and ferns, while his vocation is professor of biology at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
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Further complaints: 1) There is a paltry glossary with drawings to illustrate some of the terms, like sori. This just isn't enough (and it's poorly organized), and again, it would be totally unclear to someone unfamiliar with ferns where the structures are to be found on a given species and how important they might be for identification purposes. 2) Many of the photos of the plants are bad. Quite a few of them show fronds that are browned and in poor shape. It's fine to include these to show what can happen to the plants at the end of the season, but when you've got only one photo of each plant, take the time and trouble to get a good shot! 3) At least one, and I think two, of the photos are the wrong species. The second species in the book is Asplenium trichomanes ssp. trichomanes, and the photo with it is NOT that. Or if it is, it's the weirdest and most bizarre one I have ever seen in my life. It was a terrible decision to include this photo which is either the wrong species or unlike what people would actually see if they found this Asplenium. The other one I take issue with is the photo for Diplazium lonchophyllum - I'm pretty sure the photo is of small Phegopteris ferns, a totally different genus. I could be wrong, but even if this photo is of Diplazium, it's showing a baby plant - again, when you're only including one photo, don't show what they look like only for a week out of the year. Show a mature one!
Overall, I wouldn't bother buying this book. I don't know of an alternative that is Louisiana-specific, but searching Amazon will turn up older guides for Florida and Georgia's ferns, which will probably have decent coverage. The best fern guide by far is the second edition of Peterson's field guide, which is ostensibly for the ferns of the central and northeastern US, but many of the species it covers can be found as far south as LA.