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Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest (Timber Press Field Guides) Turtleback – Illustrated, February 1, 2006
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So, I've been looking forward for the publication of "Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest" since I first heard it was in the works. My first impression is that it lives up to its billing: over 1200 species, organized by color, then flower shape, then plant family. For every species, you get a description of its typical habitat and abundance; a 6cm x 4cm photo; a detailed paragraph about identifying features (and notes about similar species or subspecies, if applicable); and a map showing counties where it can be found in OR, WA, CA, and BC.
To make room for more species, they've omitted some less-showy varieties, but that's fine with me. The one quibble I have is with the index: the common (non-Latin) name given is not always the one you might be familiar with, and they alphabetize the flowers according to the beginning of their name, not the "important" part of the name. For example, you have to look up subalpine mariposa lily under "subalpine," not "mariposa lily" or "lily," and if you know it as "cat's ear lily," you won't find it at all.
But overall, I'd heartily recommend this book to anyone in Oregon, Washington, southern B.C., or far northern California. It costs a little more than the other field guides but is well worth it.
I also agree with the other reviewers that there should also be an index (or at least a cross-reference) of common names. Having to deal with only latin names does create an obstacle.
That being said, this is THE best field guide I've experienced with Pacific NW Wildflowers.
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Easy to use. Organized by color. Comprehensive and has a sturdy vinyl cover. It's a bit heavy to carry around but it wouldn't be so comprehensive if smaller. Great book!Published 3 months ago by claudiaing
I have used on a few local hikes. The descriptive text with the photo nearby was helpful. I started using this book in late Summer and most flowers have already bloomed, hence i... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yen Flanagin
I bought this same book once before and misplaced it, so I'm very glad to get another one, very informative and the pictures are great. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lou
We are thrilled with the professionalism of this book. Arranging by flower color helps in quickly identifying new finds.Published 6 months ago by Kate
My hobby is to photograph wild flowers. This is absolutely the best guide. I know you read this in a lot of reviews and usually it isn't true, but this is the only Wildflower... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melissa
Book was better than expected. Arrived within time frame quoted.Published 7 months ago by Alice Berg
If you are interested in figuring out the wealth of wild flowers that can be found in the Pacific NW then this book should be part of your library, the pictures of the flowers are... Read morePublished 7 months ago by George N Dean