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Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians Paperback – May 6, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1551054285 ISBN-10: 1551054280 Edition: 2nd
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A first-rate new guide to more than 1200 species. Photos are easy to use; reproduction quality is excellent. --Chattanooga Times Free Press

About the Author

Dennis Horn is an engineer, naturalist, amateur botanist, and wildflower photographer who makes his home in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He is currently vice president of the Tennessee Native Plants Society and also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Rare Plants in Tennessee. For over 40 years, Dennis has traveled from the Mississippi River to the Blue Ridge Mountains studying and photographing Tennessee wildflowers. Dennis was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the State of Tennessee in 2003 for his conservation efforts.

An interpretive naturalist and writer, Tavia Cathcart brings extensive knowledge of ethnobotany, folklore, and mythology of plants to this book. A native of Middle Tennessee and an active member of the Tennessee Native Plants Society, her search for plants and their stories has taken her from the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to rarely visited coves in the Smoky Mountains. She has run her own award-winning consulting and writing business, Cathcart Media, for nearly two decades, specializing in teaching and environmental projects. Her writings have been published in national and regional journals, anthologies, and conservation magazines.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Pine; 2 edition (May 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551054280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551054285
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By entropy_generator on August 10, 2005
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There are several things that set this book apart from other field guides. The plasticized cover, heavy stock paper, and page size make for an excellent and robust field guide. The quick color guide in the front makes short work of identification. The photos are taken from the aspect at which you would discover the plant, also helping with identification. Descriptions are will written and complete.

But the thing I like most is the ethnobotanical aspect of the book. Each plant has a historical description of its role in human activity. Gaining an understanding of its use by different cultures over the ages is a real treat.

Don't let the price fool you, this book is well worth twice the price. If I am not mistaken, some of the proceeds go to the Tennessee Native Plant Society, so obviously compiling this book was a labor of love.

May all your weeds be wildflowers, enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Johnson on April 16, 2009
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I just finished 4 days of botanizing in the Smoky Mts and in Southwestern Virginia and I bought this book for the trip. It turned out to be very useful, and I agree with the comments of the other reviewer. I particularly appreciated the instructions on how to differentiate similar species. My one complaint is that many of the photos, while lovely, do not show leaves, let alone the entire plant. And the plant descriptions are sparse. This book is geared to flower, as opposed to plant, identification. To use it you usually need the full flower in front of you. Along with this book, we ended up carrying Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, and Core's Flora of West Virginia. Those books have drawings, now perhaps considered old fashioned, and certainly not as flashy as photos, but which provide SO much more information than photos.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Todd Templeton on August 10, 2009
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If you need or want to correctly identify forbs and wild flowers in the state of Kentucky, Tennessee, and south IL, IN, OH, then this is the best resource you will find. I have been working for USDA in KY for 25 years now and I have a lot of experience with plant ID. If they said I could only take one book, this would be the one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea M. Tucker on March 24, 2007
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This book is THE BEST!! My absolute favorite wildflower book for the North Georgia Mountains... and I have tried MANY. I am a professional naturalist and lead wildflower hikes all spring. This book is my bible! I carry it everywhere I go. Easy to use, lots of species covered, wonderful ethnobotany information (great "stories" to use while leading hikes). Detailed enough to get the ID right, general enough for anyone to use. Wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful book... (as are Lone Pine's other plant books covering other regions.) HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Smith on August 22, 2005
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Wildflowers of Tennessee is easy to use when locating a particular flower. It also contains good descriptions which help to indentify each flower. The photography is clean and clear. I'd highly recommend this book if the Tennessee, Ohio Valley, and Southern Appalachians are areas you frequent.

Jerry
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron G on November 20, 2013
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While it is certainly handy, it could be improved upon. For starters, It would be nice if the plants were organized by Latin family name. Common family names should be next to the Latin in parenthesis for those unfamiliar with Latin. Also, comparing this "second" edition to the first, I can see absolutely no difference. The covers and every page within the book appear to be identical to the first edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Rose on August 13, 2014
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This is my favorite field guide for the Southern Appalachians and I'm pretty sure I had written a long review for the first edition at one point, but I can't find it any more on Amazon. My first edition is showing definite signs of having been carried on many hikes and passed through many hands on field trips in all sorts of weather conditions. So when I saw the second edition, I jumped at the opportunity to update and get a nice desk copy again. (I have to say the old copy held up to the abuse pretty well though and I will probably still carry it on hikes until it falls apart.) Comparing the two editions, I can't tell the difference between the first and second edition - they look identical to me except for the cover stating "second edition." I assume the changes may be in the details, maybe some typos fixed here and there, so if you already have the first edition and it is still in good shape, getting the second edition may not be of much use.

If you are looking for a field guide to the wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians though, then this is a great choice. The book claims to cover over 1250 species, with 800 color photographs, and I have found it to be possibly the most comprehensive field guide currently available. With very few rare or introduced exceptions, I've been able to find pretty much any flower I've seen or photographed on hikes in this field guide. It is sorted by plant families, with botanical keys for many of them. For those who are new to plant identification and unfamiliar with working with botanical keys, there is also an easy-to-use color key at the front of the book to quickly identify common flowers by their colors. Each page in the plant section features two plants with pictures plus often similar plants described in the text.
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