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Mojave Desert Wildflowers: A Field Guide to Wildflowers, Trees, and Shrubs of the Mojave Desert, Including the Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley ... Joshua Tree National Park (Wildflower Series) Paperback – May 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Wildflower Series
  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: FalconGuides; 1st edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762711620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762711628
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Mojave Desert Wildflowers is the ultimate field guide to wildflowers, trees, and shrubs of the ecoregion that extends from California to Arizona, Nevada, and Utah and includes Death Valley National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and Joshua Tree National Park. Packed with vivid color photos and informative text, this valuable reference will help you identify and appreciate the unique and varied flora of this desert ecosystem.
This easy-to-use-guide features: a tough, water-resistant cover and extra-durable binding, made to withstand vigorous field use; detailed descriptions and color photos of more than 300 plants; an introduction to the habitats and ecology of the Mojave Desert; a glossary of botanical terms; a primer on plant characteristics.
Mojave Desert Wildflowers is perfect for the novice and expert botanist alike. Whether you are lucky enough to spot the stately Panamint Daisy or smell the distinctive fragrance of Grape Soda Lupine, this guide will enhance your next journey into the remarkable Mojave Desert.

About the Author

Pam MacKay is a professor of biology at Victor Valley Community College. She is involved in Mojave Desert conservation efforts, and has been instrumental in founding the new Mojave Desert Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, where she currently serves as Field Trip Chair. She serves as a volunteer naturalist for the Golden Trout Natural History Association.

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A lot of color pictures with good information.
Reader westcoast
Pam MacKay's 'Mojave Desert Wildflowers' is a wonderfully informative & beautifully photographed guide to the wildflowers of the Mojave.
James Otterstrom
I highly recommend this guide for first time wildflower enthusiasts!
Becky White

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By blackturtle on April 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is probably the easiest to use desert plant book I have (and I have eight that focus on desert plants in all). What it lacks in completeness, it more than makes up for in terms of ease of use. There is a picture for each plant and the plants are grouped according to flower color. So as long as the plant is in bloom, it's not too hard to find out what it is. This book does a great job of covering the plants you are most likely to come across which makes it a great book to thumb through in the field. If you are dealing with similar species within the same genus or rare plants, you'll probably want to get the Jepson guide.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Otterstrom on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Pam MacKay's 'Mojave Desert Wildflowers' is a wonderfully informative & beautifully photographed guide to the wildflowers of the Mojave. This sturdy plastic-coated field guide contains over 300 gorgeous photos, finely detailed plant descriptions, and is virtually an introductory textbook on Mojave Desert ecology. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the Mojave Desert. The author lives & teaches in the Mojave and her dedication, attention to detail, and love of the desert are revealed on every page.
Jim Otterstrom
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Becky White on May 15, 2003
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This guide is so easy to use and the pictures are beautiful. I highly recommend this guide for first time wildflower enthusiasts!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Buonassissi on April 14, 2008
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I live on the Mojave Desert, Antelope Valley to be precise, and this book portrays the beauty we are now experiencing this spring. We have a beautiful Poppy Preserve on the westside of our valley. Jane Pinheiro was a woman who not only painted pictures of many of our wildflowers , but she was one of the people instrumental in seeing that the Poppy Preserve came into being. A number of her paintings are on display at the Preserve. I have one of her paintings, and with this lovely wildflower book, I was able to ascertain which of the wildflowers is depicted in my painting. If anyone is interested in not only viewing the array of colors during our spring wildflower viewing, but is interested in learning some of the names of said wildflowers, and a bit of background for each of them, this is the book to buy.
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Obviously this book is no substitute for hardcore pubs like the Jepson manual, but that said, it has a remarkable amount
of Mojave wildflowers in the book, and the pictures and descriptions are excellent. Don't look for much help in the way of
tough groups like Cryptantha or Phacelia, but it is a great tool for beginners and serves quite well as a supplement for professionals when
used in connection with other pubs.
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By H20 on May 20, 2011
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This is a fantastic book! The best of it's kind! Great colored photos and information (not too much, but just enough)! I like to hike & camp in the Mojave desert, and I love this book!
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I love this book. Photographs and descriptions are first-class. The book accompanies me on all my desert trips. It's the best desert wildflower guide I have in my collection.
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