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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472118110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472118113
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The new Field Manual of Michigan Flora summarizes much information about all the species of vascular plant in Michigan and provides dichotomous keys to help readers identify unknown plants. Th guide updates and improves on Voss's three-volume Michigan Flora (1972-96). Highly recommended."
—A. Prather, Choice'
(A. Prather Choice 2013-03-14)

About the Author

Edward G. Voss and Anton A. Reznicek are world-renowned experts in plant systematics in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Voss is Curator Emeritus of Vascular Plants and Reznicek is Curator of Vascular Plants at the University Herbarium.

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For that reason alone this book is worth having.
Bruce A. Loomis
+Updated Michigan distribution maps, including elimination of species previously misidentified +Excellent nested indented keys.
Gregory J Schmidt
This book is a great resource for the experienced wildflower enthusiast.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J Schmidt on April 22, 2012
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The positives:
+Updated nomenclature and species concepts. Can replace the use of the Gleason and Cronquist manual in the Great Lakes region for the most part, since it covers most of the species in the adjacent states.
+Alphabetically arranged by family then genus after an initial arrangement into of gymnosperms, monocots, and dicots. Makes it easy to find things.
+Updated Michigan distribution maps, including elimination of species previously misidentified
+Excellent nested indented keys. I already used in the field this spring, and it proved to get me the names with ease.
+Excellent concise statements of habitat and when a species was first documented in the state

The negatives:
-Where are the ferns? A little disappointing, but the online treatment (at UofM herbarium website) includes maps and keys to all Michigan ferns and fern allies. While this treatment succeeds in consolidating the three original volumes of Michigan Flora into one, the addition of ferns would still require a second volume.

Finally, I should note that the volume is still meant for someone with a little technical savvy in plant identification as opposed to a novice wildflower enthusiast; there are no illustrations. Not a negative, but just to clarify what you're getting into.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip E. Stuart on June 8, 2012
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Field Manual of Michigan Flora is a one volume compilation and updating of the original three volumes of Michigan Flora, which were published over a 40 year period and represent the lifetime work of the late Professor Ed Voss. Dr. Reznijeck, who co-authored this edition, is a superb botanist and taxonomist in his own right. In my opinion, the most outstanding feature of this flora is that it is based on careful examination of hundreds of thousands of herbarium specimens, supplemented by decades of field experience. The results are some of the best dichotomous keys for identifying plants that I have ever used, along with unusually reliable maps showing the range of each native and naturalized species within the state. The keys do require some basic knowledge of the nomenclature for the taxonomic features of the relevant genus or family, and there are no photographs or line drawings of any species, so the casual naturalist should be forewarned. There are plenty of alternative field guides for people who prefer to identify plants by matching pictures, but this flora should be your first choice if you wish to identify any seed plant growing wild in Michigan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I.B.amazon on June 24, 2012
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This is a really nice high quality book but it is for use by experts in the field that can identify plants with written descriptions and scientific classifications etc., not like me who needs pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Price on May 14, 2012
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An absolutely essential volume for anyone seriously interested in the Great Lakes flora, containing excellent identification keys allowing users to determine exactly what plant they have, with fully updated nomenclature. Also provided are ecological notes, insightful comments about characters and characteristics, an excellent index, and distribution maps for the state of Michigan by county. Only two of the included plants are reported found in all 83 Michigan counties, both conspicuously attractive, Trillium grandiflorum, the common wake-robin, and Viola pubescens, the yellow violet, but that's because a plant's occurrence in each county is based on documentation by a dried herbarium specimen. Until a proper specimen is deposited in a major herbarium, a plant won't be recorded from a particular county, and some very common plants are infrequently collected, so in a whimsical example, the ubiquitous dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, is missing from Livingston County, despite beautifying thousands of lawns there. Consider it an invitation for any amateur botanist to participate in the scientific plant hunt in their own Michigan county, or one they visit, as long as they know how to obtain and prepare a herbarium specimen with precise locality data, and of course they'll need this book for reference. Dates of collection are also important, and we should be alert to plants extending their range northwards, perhaps aided by global warming. All seed plants in Michigan are treated, including the many invasive weeds and introduced escapes, but not plants exclusively seen in cultivation. The title includes the words Field Manual, but with over 1000 total pages, and weighing about 3½ pounds, the book's not practical for carrying around in your backpack, and should best be left behind in your camp, car, or on your bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Loomis on May 19, 2014
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How can you go wrong with a flora book at this price?

Reznicek is the authority for Carex in North America. For that reason alone this book is worth having. If he says that is what it is, you can count on it. Both Voss and Reznicek were and are pre-eminent in their chosen professions. Interested in plants? Live in the mid-west? You should have this book.

Disappointments: no illustrations or ferns.
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Field Manual of Michigan Flora (E. G. Voss and A. A. Reznicek) is a recent (2012) update to the earlier three-volume set "Michigan Flora," by the same authors. At nearly 1000 pages, this hardbound book is a bit hefty to be called a "field manual," but it is an essential reference work for anyone seriously interested in the botany of Michigan or the upper Midwest. It is not a beginner's guide; there are no photographs and the treatments are terse and jargon-filled. The content is mostly keys, distributional dot maps, and range and habitat information. Additional descriptive information is provided for many species, though this is not general and is often lacking. Information updated from the earlier work includes phylogeny and circumscriptions, species included in (and excluded from) the flora, and dot maps.

The book is printed on quality paper with a good binding. For those having the necessary background it is an excellent value.
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