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Peterson Field Guide to Ferns, Second Edition: Northeastern and Central North America Paperback – Sep 26 2005
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In my opinion, though, this is still the bible of ferns of the northeast - I have yet to come across a field guide that is more comprehensive. I recently discovered Fern Finder: A Guide to Native Ferns of Central and Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada - a truly pocket sized and very inexpensive key to the ferns, and between the two guides, you will have no problem identifying any fern you come across.
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Now, I'd like to see a revision of A Field Guide to Wildflowers in the Peterson series.
The problem I have with this guide is the dichotomous keys. I have tried (with other botany students as well) to identify several ferns and some horsetails with this guide and rarely end up in the right place. For example, yesterday I was looking at a fertile stem of Equisetum arvense, and nowhere had they incorporated this into the key. I stumbled around for a few minutes until happened to notice that the description of this species showed a fertile and sterile stem.
In general, I avoid using this guide in the field and stick with my trusty Michigan Flora or Flora Novae Angliae.
To sum it up: if you just want the information this is a great guide. If you want to go into the field and use dichotomous keys to identify the ferns and their allies, I do NOT recommend this guide.
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