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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing; Revised edition (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551055309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551055305
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I consider Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast to be a must-have for anyone who wants to know more about this area, as well as a great educational tool for kids. A handy field-guide, it will give the observer a fast way to look up and identify plants, shrubs, trees, mosses, ferns, lichens, and grasses. --The New Times, Seattle

About the Author

DR. JIM POJAR is executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Yukon chapter. He spent 25 years as an internationally respected forest ecology research scientist with the B.C. Forest Service. He is the author of numerous books and scientific papers related to the boreal forest, aspen parklands and coastal ecosystems.

ANDY MACKINNON is a respected biologist who serves as a technical advisor on old growth forest research to the B.C. Ministry of Forests. MacKinnon, also a registered professional forester, is adjunct professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University. He is the author of six Lone Pine books on the plants of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.


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This field guide is excellent.
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The problem is that I live in eastern Washington and this book is about plants of the Pacific Northwest coast.
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Easy to navigate and good photos of plants.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Leha Carpenter on January 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is simply the best field guide on any subject I have ever encountered. Photos are clear and often come in both full plant and detail perspectives; text is accurate, clear, well-written, and thorough; and the book is intuitively organized, providing easy-to-use keys, and a text-alongside-photo format that means less page flipping in the field. The cover is water-resistant, too! Packs an amazing number of plant species, including many bryophytes and lichens, as well as ferns and seed-bearing plants. Even covers many grasses! I live in California, and although many of the plants in this book don't reach down to my area, it is still the first field guide I pick up when trying to key a plant, because I am almost sure to get the family here, and usually the genus as well. Once you have those, it's much easier to cross-reference to your local species and varieties. If you didn't love plants obsessively before, this book will make you want to start!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Branson on May 3, 2006
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For anyone interested in Northwest Native Plants, this is an essential reference. Arthur Lee Jacobsen's "Wild Plants of Greater Seattle" is another useful book, although not as detailed. "Vascular plants of the Pacific Northwest", by Charles Leo Hitchcock, in 7 volumes for $300.00, is much more detailed but not as handy. I have used my "Pojar" so much that I wore it out and had to get a second copy. I found it useful when I was just beginning to learn about native plants, and now that I can identify over 200 species on sight, I still use it to learn about ethnobotany, which plants are edible, and where to plant them in my garden.

Another reviewer complained that the book does not list common names in the index. This is just plain wrong. You can look up plants in the index by common name or scientific name, or you can browse through the photos until you get a match. You can also use the keys, which is the best way to learn about the relationship of one species to another, but I'm usually too lazy to work through the process. The way the plants are grouped, it's easy to narrow it down and find your plant.

My one complaint about the book is that it is sometimes difficult to pin down whether or not a particular plant is actually a native. This is usually implied, especially when they tell how indigenous peoples used the plants in everday life, but I wish the plants were clearly marked Native and Non-Native.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Hallock on July 26, 2005
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I used this book extensively in a field class this summer and it was extremely helpful. Everything I would possibly want to know about NW flora was included in detail (even with sketches of individual leaves). Also, the ethnographic information regarding the uses of various herbal medicines was fascinating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Mitton on December 4, 2005
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This is by far the best study and field guide to Northwest plants. Nothing else comes close to being so inclusive. Because of that, I think, the book can be a bit difficult to get through. I little knowledge of plants will help tremendously in using the guide. There are a couple dozen or so keys for various plant families but be warned that keying plants can be difficult. The pictures are great and the notes that accompany each picture are top notch. One thing I like is that the author gives copious notes about aboriginal and regional use of the plants as well as notes about their natural history. There's really a life time of learning here. Great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rex trex on October 19, 2010
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Pojar has the very best specimen photos to aid identification. Hitchcock (Flora of the Pacific Northwest) is the preeminent Northwest botany text. Get both!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristen in Arizona on October 20, 2008
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This is a staple for plant identification in the Northwest. As a plant biologist for the National Park service, this was the book we never went into the field without. Because of it's clear color photographs, thorough taxonomical descriptions, and wide array of species, it was the first we would consult, and then cross reference with other resources if we needed to. It's also quite durable!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Hendrick on September 14, 2009
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If you want a single field guide to the flora of the Pacific Northwest coast this would be an excellent choice. It covers everything from trees to mosses and lichens. There are color photographs, descriptions, and habitat notations of the common plant species with descriptions of less-common species included in the text. The coverage appears to be fairly complete for the geographic range of the book which extends from south-central Alaska to central Oregon but only as far inland as the crest of the coastal mountains. When they say "the Pacific Northwest Coast", they mean it. Therefore it would not be especially useful for identifying many inland species. If you do a lot of exploring inland in eastern Oregon, Washington, and/or British Columbia this might not be your best choice for a field guide.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Roberts on July 9, 2006
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I'd actually give this 4.5 stars if I could. This is a great all around guide for the west side of the Cascades. It doesn't include every plant, particularly in the sections towards the end on bryophytes, but most plants you'll want to see are in there. I'm torn on the aboriginal use data tht is presented throughout the book. On one hand, it really is quite fascinating, but on the other hand, probably several dozen more species could have been covered if these data were omitted. The maps can be a bit difficult to decipher given the range this book covers, and although most of the photos are good, a few are pretty poor. Still, it is a must-have for any nature buff in the PNW.
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