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Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest Paperback – January, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Natural History Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Rio Nuevo (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887896252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887896252
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Meg Quinn also authored Wildflowers of the Mountain Southwest and Cacti of the Desert Southwest for Rio Nuevo Publishers. She is the former director of education at Tucson Botanical Gardens, has worked for the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and is active in the Arizona Native Plant Society.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
A great introduction to the common wildflowers of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Mojave deserts of the southwestern United States. This little book has great photographs and simple clear concise descriptions of each species. There are even some very interesting ethnobotanical tidbits for many of the species, which I found fascinating. Each flower is conveniently grouped by color, which contributes to its ease of use in the field. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting our southwestern deserts in the springtime!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you "blink" you might miss them. Not literally, of course, for each year some desert wildflowers bloom, particular in the shady areas of arroyos. Every few years or so, conditions in the desert become more optimal, better amounts of moisture coupled with the right temperatures and sunlight, and then suddenly the proverbial "carpets" of desert flowers erupt. Either way, the flowers of the desert can attract, and even seduce. Meg Quinn has written a solid guide about the flowers along the way on your desert hikes.

The book contains a good map outlining the extent of the four principal deserts of the American Southwest: Chihuahuan, the Great Basin, Sonoran, and Mojave. She admits that her selection of flowers is weight more towards the latter two. Eighty-four desert flowers are identified: one to each page, with a quality picture sufficient for identification purposes. The common name of the flower heads each page, followed by its scientific (Latin) name, along with the flower's "family." This is followed by a brief (3-5 sentence) description of its habitat and characteristics. The flower's range and elevation are highlighted. At the end, there is a brief glossary and bibliography.

Favorites? The Desert Paintbrush, and the Sacred Datura. Certainly they are easy to identify!

Overall, a solid, useful guidebook, for anyone living in the Southwest, or passing through. 4-stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ivanq on May 13, 2014
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I guess I was expecting more species but I've found that flowers in my desert area are missing from a lot of references.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue on May 18, 2013
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I was able to attend a lecture by Meg Quinn, and signed up for another. This guide was written for my area. I wish she had included a few extra small pictures of seed pods and/or seeds.
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