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Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest: A Practical Guide Paperback – March 1, 1999
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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I bought this book becuase I wanted to learn the edible plants of texas,both as a reference to browse, and as a book to look up plants I've located in it....
It is organized for netiher. If you already know a plant by scientific name, or common name then you can easily look up the plant in the index, but if not it's something of a task.
The plants are alphabetical, no big suprise there... but the sketches are few, and the color plates are all in a center section of 16 pages and 4 plants each... I sincerley doubt (although I have not counted) that all the plants are represented. The color plates dont' have page references so to find the detail information, you need to go back to the index again.
So as i said, if you already know the plants by name, it's fine to look them up in. But if you want to browse through to find aplant you see, or
look it up by characteristics... it's not terribly useful. If you want to browse through to familiarise yourself with the flora... again.. not useful.
Again in summary, Information good, organization, poor for my uses.
I was very disapointed in the usefulness of the book itself.
Plant identification: 2 stars
Plant uses: 3 stars
Picture type(s): black & white drawings, color photographs
Usefulness for Texas: 4 stars
Who will find it useful: novice to experienced foragers in Texas.
Notes: I really wanted to love this book but is very disorganized and doesn't cover many edible plants. The author does include some Texas plants that other more general plant guide skip, such as buffalo gourds. The book's drawings are pretty good but its photographs are small and not very useful for positively identifying plants. A large part of the book is devoted to plant fibers and dyes, but it does also include recipes. Buy it if you are serious about foraging in Texas, but be aware that only a small portion is devoted to wild edible plants.
It's medicinal information, when included, is strewn through the description of plant's uses rather than clearly marked. There is no way to look up what plants can be used for a particular injury or illness. The main benefit of this book is that it does include several plants that aren't usually found in plant guides for other parts of the country.
This book does not include a dictionary of the medical terms it uses.
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