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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region Vinyl Bound – April 3, 2001


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Product Details

  • Vinyl Bound: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Revised edition (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375402330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375402333
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Covering the vast region from Alaska to California and east to the Great Plains, this well-produced, compact guidebook contains color plates depicting more than 650 wildflower species grouped by flower color to suit the needs of inexperienced enthusiasts. The plates are keyed to texts that offer physical descriptions of the flowers and their leaves and, where applicable, fruit, along with notes on habitat and range and, often, further notes on the flower's name (e.g., "The common name, Clammyweed, refers to the sticky, moist glands on the surface of this plant"). Expertly written and photographed, this guide is just the book to have on hand when traversing western wildflower country. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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WESTERN REGION

This fully revised edition brings a new level of beauty, accuracy, and usefulness to the field guide that wildflower enthusiasts have relied upon for more than 20 years.

More than 940 all-new, full-color images show the wildflowers of western North America close-up and in their natural habitats. The guide has been completely revised to make identification in the field easier than ever. Images are grouped by flower color and shape and keyed to clear, concise descriptions that reflect current taxonomy.

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The book is well organized, comprehensive, and fairly easy to use.
Maret F. Hutchinson
Once you have identified the flower the picture gives you a page in the back part of the book that gives you info on flowering time, habitat, range, etc.
Auntie J
As in all the National Audubon Society Field Guides the book is great.
J D W

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I take this (as well as the Peterson Field Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers) with me on all my wildflower hunting trips. The extensive color photos are extremely helpful for identifying wildflowers. Flowers are organized by color. This has by far more real flower pictures than the Peterson Field Guide.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Cummings on July 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"What kind of wildflower is this, Dad?"
"I don't know?"
"Is it poisonous?"
"I don't know."
"It's sure pretty."
"Yes, it is pretty."
The above was always my reply to my children's questions about the wildflowers we saw whenever we took our family journeys into the Great Basin Desert, or high into the Pahvant Mountains. I got tired of saying, "I don't know." Well, because of the "National Audubon Society's Field Guide to Wildflowers" (Wester Edition) I know now, to tell my children to stay away from the (poisonous) Water Hemlock which I always thought previously was wild carrots. Now I can answer their question and impress them with my knowledge at the same time.
I would like to suggest this field guide to any of you family outdoor enthusiasts, especially fathers, so you don't get caught in the I don't know syndrome. The same applies for all the birds you see on your excursions--"What kind of bird is that, Dad?"--sound familiar? Well don't fret, you can click on my name, in this review, and find a field guide to Birds. Then you'll be doubly prepared.
Good luck,
from a father like you.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Buckner on March 18, 2002
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All of Audobon's books are great because they will fit in a pocket or day-pack. Nicely organized and includes awesome full color pictures that really help in the identification. The information on the flowers is very extensive. A must for anyone who likes flowers and wants to know what kind they have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maret F. Hutchinson on August 9, 2005
Format: Vinyl Bound
The book is well organized, comprehensive, and fairly easy to use. Flowers are organized by color, like the Audubon bird books. The only problem I find is that the pictures of foliage are not always clear because the focus is on the flowers. Unfortunately, most wildflowers have a fairly brief period of bloom. The difficulty of identifying a plant by foliage limits the usefulness of the book slightly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Bell on September 19, 2005
Format: Vinyl Bound
This relatively small, plastic-covered guide is a gem - easy to use and far more comprehensive than any of the dozen region specific books I own. It contains 660 flower pictures; the photographic technique and printing quality are excellent. Wildflowers are grouped first by blosson color and then by one of five basic blossom styles. The system makes quick work of identifying new plants. Cross reference numbers link to a second section which has descriptions sorted by botanical family. It's the most useful guide I've come across.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doc W8 on June 27, 2014
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This guide is easy to use. Flowering plants are grouped by the color of the flower, and within the color, by the form of the flower. Good range maps, and good description. I would have liked more views of the entire plant, not just the flower. Otherwise excellent for botanizing, which I do full bore in our short spring and summer seasons.
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As with all the Audubon Field Guides, so too with this one. The color plates are the best in the "field" of all the field guides; these photos are indispensible for any one who needs to identify any of the more than 650 species of western wildflowers.

The durable leatherette cover, as well as the heavy duty (turtleback) book binding, make this a book that can easily withstand much wear and tear.

The descriptive information is good; where the text starts to show deficiencies is in the Range, Habitat, and Comments sections of each species. The information tends to be vague and merely glosses over critical facts that should be included. I can only assume that it's the usual story of the editors not having the space to include more relevant information.

The index is cross referenced to the color plates; this is a big plus when out in the field attempting to do identifications. As far as a good tool to increase one's knowledge of the natural world, this field guide is helpful and deserves a place in any naturalist's library.

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This book is great for those who like to know what they're looking at when they're out on a hike away from home. Since it covers the entire western U.S., it won't have every single flower you come across, but it can often help you get at least to the right family. I have a book that covers every single plant that I could come across right around where I live, but when I go more than a couple hours from home, this is a fun book to have. Great pictures, and great info on each plant in the back.
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