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The first-ever field guide to invasive plants in North America. Features full-color photos and descritpions of some 175 alien species--both terrestial and aquatic--that are in some cases changing the landscape to an almost unimagineable degree.

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Invasive plants are part of nature's story and human history, and we have written this book not just to help identify and name a plant, but to tell its story--where did it originate, how did it get here, who brought it, and what what role does it play in the dynamics of the natural environment and our ongoing history.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733656
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Barnes on April 24, 2007
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This book is an outstanding reference for homeowners, hikers, naturalists, and botanists trying to learn more about what plants are invasive in their backyards,neighborhood parks, and forests and what to do about them. I especially like the pictures -- most useful for identification. And not only can you learn to identify invasive plants, but the book has informative sections for each species on why that species is a problem and how to control it. I really liked the fascinating stories behind the plants. Once you take a look at this book, you will start seeing invasive plants everywhere.
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Although I am not a professional botanist to point out technical errors I have found this book to be very useful. Each plant species covered has a "Name and Family" section which includes the common and scientific name along with the common and scientific name of the family. There are also brief "Identifying Characteristics", "Habitat and Range", "What it does in the Ecosystem", "How it came to North America", "Management" and a "For More Information" section which refers to literature and/or web sites. I wanted a book that could help me quickly identify plants along roadsides and disturbed habitats that are typically known to be invasive. My interests involve edible plants and this book helps me determine if the plant I am curious about has any edible parts because it allows me to identify the plant and then cross reference it in other books or on the internet once I know the species. Lots of photographs (at least 2/species usually more) to help spot that plant you are looking for and they usually show enough features of the plant to help identify it. From an ecological standpoint I think it is great to have this book at the fingertips of those looking to restore natural habitats on their own property or our nature preserves. Finally!, a book that can assist us all with the massive problem of invasive plants.
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This book is much more than a field guide. The authors provide practical advice on eradicating invasive species, as well as fascinating histories of how the invasive plants got here in the first place. It's amazing how many of them were brought over for gardens! The guide is thorough, covering both terrestrial and aquatic species. Recommended for anyone with pesky invasive plant problems, be it a homeowner or a natural resource manager.
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I purchased this book in connection to doing my field research for my thesis. I had planned to use it to help identify plants in a burn area. It ended up not being of much use as a field guide due to its structure. But it has been useful for a research support on the species I was able to identify as invasive through another field guide. The pictures in it are large and detailed and give several views of the species which is a large help when the small difference in a leaf may change the species that you are looking at.
I would recommend this book as supporting books for understanding what species you already know that you have but not as a way of identifying what you don't know what you have. I do not feel I wasted my money on this book but I am glad I was not relying on it alone.
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Book contains great photographes, historical information, and treatmeant options. Also including both upland and aquatic plants makes this book great for anyone working with Invasive Species.

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i own several weed and wildflower weed identification books. this one is nearly impossible to use for ID'ing plants and flowers. the table of contents does not list the sections used to categorize the plants that are included in the book. there is no way to find each section except to thumb carefully through the book. the categories used are also not very helpful for quick ID. if you are looking for an ID book, i dont recommend this one. if you are interested in reading more about plants you have already identified, this book is fine.
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This field guide is a valuable resource to anyone with even an inkling of interest in pesky weeds. The authors do an excellent job all of compiling of the details of the plants outlined and do so in a manner that even the layman can understand. Take this book with you into your yard or on your next hike through fields or forests and you will quickly become a semi-expert. A great resource for a any botanist, gardener, landscaper or an amateur in any of these "fields".
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This book has detailed information on each invasive species. Identification is a cinch with the excellent descriptions and photos. For example, there are several invasive honyesuckles in Indiana, in addition to one or two native species. This book readily identifies the exotic invasive ones. It also provides information on the impacts of the species: why the invasives are dangerous to the environment. It is very useful when considering buying plants for your home, and for making one aware of the invasive species in his (her) environment. But, don't just learn to identify them--help control their spread, also.
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