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One word for this work: encyclopedic!
on February 28, 2013
One word for this work: encyclopedic. Bigness is one reason that I got it while having no imminent plans to visit Virginia. Few books have detailed descriptions and original illustrations as this does (not all are illustrated but a fair percent). Its modernity in taxonomy and habitat descriptions were also essential considerations, since I already have plenty of other older manuals.
As a serious recreational botanist, I look forward to studying it for this year's visit to the Smokies in East Tennessee where the book should have at least 95% coverage. As a professional ecologist, I appreciate the detailed habitat descriptions which I can interpret in terms of analogous habitats in west Michigan where 75% of the species are covered in this manual.
So far I like it a lot -- great work to authors and illustrators! I'll just need to keep a few other books at the other end of the shelf as counter weights.