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Product Details

  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company; Subsequent edition (April 10, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878422803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878422807
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The color photos are great for quick ids of more common plants.
C. Keil
Excellent primer on the flora of the dry side of the Cascades for those from the green side.
A. Harrang
It presents the beauty of the high desert sagebrush communities!
T. Vanover

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mujer on May 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is useful in many ways: as a field guide, reference, habitat identifier,uses of plants such as food or medicine (e.g. by local Native Americans), soil types, animals present, etc. It opens up the tremendous beauty of the steppe-shrub-sagebrush deserts of the West. Lovely photos. This so-called "barren land" is teeming with amazing diversity and color. It is also helpful for those of us attempting native plant (indigeous) gardens. I highly recommend it.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Geraghty on April 2, 2001
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I have used this book in two places: the Columbia Basin sagebrushcountry just east of the Washington cascades, and in south-central Idaho. For the Columbia Basin this book is very good. Anything that catches your eye is likely to be included, despite the book's slimness. In central Idaho the coverage is not so good, and you will end up wondering if what you're looking at is in the book. Just remember, as with all small, easy to use plant guides, there are probably five times as many plant species on the ground, even in the Columbia basin, as there are in the book.
The natural history coverage is reliable but not terribly extensive.
In Washington I have found it's nice to have this in combination with the authoritative but unfriendly and jargon-ridden Hitcock and Cronquist flora. Taylor will get it for you if it's a reasonably common plant, or give you a good starting point for wading around in H&C, if there's any doubt.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Keil on January 23, 2006
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No this book is not as comprehensive as Hitcock and Cronquist but it is so user-friendly that it is an essential for travel in sagebrush country, anywhere in the great basin. It serves as a great starting point to find a genus when a more comprehensive resourch is available for further clarification. The addition of natural history (ecosytem descriptions) and some ethnobotany make it even better. The color photos are great for quick ids of more common plants. Here in Central Oregon it is excellent. With this book along with Andy MacKinnon's books, you can give you pretty good id coverage for most of the Northwest. Websites can fill in gaps and details effectively for most of us. Great for gardeners who use native plants as well. If you even know about this book, you will love it. All the copies I have seen have been well-used. It is a great bargain too. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Vanover on April 13, 2011
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I have had this book for nearly 10 years and have referred to it frequently! I first used in the high desert of Elko County NV and it couldn't have been a better fit!! My only comment or wish for this book is a reprint with new pictures!! (I'd buy it!!) It presents the beauty of the high desert sagebrush communities!

This is a great reference for both beginning and advanced botanists. - Also a great size for your field pack or an addition to the plastic crate of books carried around in your rig for those impromptu botanizing adventures!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Harrang on August 8, 2009
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Excellent primer on the flora of the dry side of the Cascades for those from the green side.
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By P. Rowe on February 22, 2014
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This was a gift for my brother who found a plant called hopsage and wanted help to identify it. I've had my own copy of this wonderful book for many years and it is getting some loose pages - If a new edition comes out, I recommend a better binding. But aside from that, this has been the most useful wildflower book I have with flowers not found in other books (e.g. collomia). The photos and information are both excellent quality. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in identifying wildflowers.
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Not as much of a treasury as a book on wildflowers of Michigan, since sagebrush country is pretty barren by comparison. But the book is descriptive, photos help in identification, and tell the reader that there is more in the high desert than first meets the eye. To become acquainted with the flora was my objective, and this book is a good resource.
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By idaho bridget on October 13, 2013
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This is my favorite, most used flower book for Southern Idaho. The pictures are accurate. The descriptions are helpful.

This is the best. I recommend it to anyone who shows an interest in local flowers and plants.
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