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Newcomb's Wildflower Guide Paperback – Apr 13 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (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: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great Book. There is a key system which you have to learn in order to identify plants. So you need to know that before buying. However, I am told that once mastered you will never go wrong on your id of a plant. Lots of black and white plus colored pics. The key system does not rely on color like many books do. This is a good thing. IT teaches the core of learning how to identify plants by leaves, stems, flowers etc etc. The most valuable aspects. But must take time to read and learn.
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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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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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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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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. Want to give this guide a good run for your money? Head to Fort Ingall on Lac Temiscouata in mid July.
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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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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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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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