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Newcomb's Wildflower Guide Paperback – April 13, 1989
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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.
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.
My advice...get used to it. Newcomb's system is more efficient and more certain than flower-flipping. A good book.
Having said that, this is not a beginner's book. I think I would have had little use for Newcomb's 6 or 7 years ago when I started out with wildflowers. This is the only book whose key system did not leave me reaching for a photo guide out of frustration; the key works very well with this book, and helped make me a more educated plant photographer. Also, since using it, my tolerance for keys and ability to use them have both gone up markedly. I do still carry photo guides with me but, in the region covered, the photo guide is a back-up to Newcomb's and is often used for the additional text as opposed to the pictures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is super handy. I've used it several times in the field. Just be careful. It's not always up to date on species names.Published 4 days ago by Samantha
I really like this book. It is old and outdated somewhat, but the key and set up is awesome! I wish other guides followed Newcombs format. Read morePublished 1 month ago by scurcrow
thought it was the updated version (as noted) but it's the old version with a new cover........Published 1 month ago by Lady Di
Got here fast and quick for a last minute class I picked up. A great book with pictures and explanations!Published 3 months ago by Sarah
I was disappointed to see only a few pages of plants illustrated in color. The drawings are very good and I'll have to do some in depth reading to understand how to use and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by VICKI
Must have, go to book for wildflower ID. Arrived sooner than anticipated.Published 3 months ago by Tbird
Though Newcomb's nomenclature needs updating, it cannot be beat for teaching details about plants that enable identification and all this without technical jargon found in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bruce A. Loomis
Very different from other guides. You must study the instructions on how to use the guide and then practice and then it gets easier to use the more you use it. VickiePublished 4 months ago by Vickie
Was recommended at a lecture. Would have like more color or actual picturesPublished 5 months ago by Dusty Rhode