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Plants of the Chesapeake Bay deserves shelf space in the library of every Chesapeake boater who would like to understand how our Bay's ecosystem works.

(John Page Williams Chesapeake Bay Magazine)

Plants of the Chesapeake Bay is a beautiful book covering a beautiful region.

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Dr. Musselman is a passionate botanist. Walking among plant life makes him very happy, which means he is happy most of the time, except when riding in a car stuck in a long tunnel. He will stop people on the street to tell them some great news from the plant world.

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The delightful book Plants of the Chesapeake Bay is absolutely the most readable flora I have seen. It is a really unique flora among floras. The layout is excellent and captivating.

(W. Carl Taylor, PhD, Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution)

Plants of the Chesapeake Bay pairs state of the art photographswith in-depth knowledge of the plants unique to the Bay.The guide is developed logically and appropriately to what the Bay presents as various ecosystems. Beautifully written, coherent, instructive, and inclusive, with matchless photos of plants in their native habitats: The Perfect gift for the Bay-Wise explorer.

(Elizabeth Matarese, Anne Arundel County Master Gardener)

About the Author

Lytton John Musselman is the Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany and manager of the Blackwater Ecologic Preserve at Old Dominion University. He is author of A Dictionary of Bible Plants and Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh: Plants of the Bible and the Quran. David A. Knepper is an environmental scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1St Edition edition (June 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421404982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421404981
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plants of the Chesapeake Bay is exactly what it bills itself as: a "quick reference guide to the plants of the Chesapeake Bay." No, it isn't a comprehensive key to the entire flora of the Chesapeake Bay region, but it IS a convenient guide that covers some frequently encountered groups/species (and a few infrequently encountered ones like Isoetes, but what else would you expect from a book co-authored by L.J. Musselman?) and is small enough to slip in the pack for field excursions. I certainly love Flora of Virginia, but there's no way I'd try to lug it around during a day of botanizing.

I like the way the authors have broken the book down into habitat types. For instance, if I were exploring shore dunes and found a tall grass, the book would quickly help me figure out that I'm probably looking at either Panicum amarum, Ammophila breviligulata, or Uniola paniculata. Potential buyers should note, however, that this book mainly covers species that are either in the water or tidal flats and wetlands, so you'll need an additional guide if you'll also be heading to other ecosystems of the region.
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One of my favorite books/guides for local flora and fauna. Great information, well broken down. An excellent addition to our growing bookshelf of local information. We have seen alot of these plants while kayaking and gives us more information. Nothing is totally comprehensive, but this is small enough you could hike with it and reference the more commonly seen things in a given watershed. Great description of delineation of salinity and how it affects the local life.
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I love this text...so much so that I teach a course at Anne Arundel Community college, using this as the basis for exploring the
ecosystems that are salinity-index-linked. This should compel any serious advocate for protecting the Bay to understand and respect the fragility and sophistication of what is one of the state's and the nation's most beautiful water features.
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A disappointment. I was hoping for a more comprehensive inventory of plants, as well as more than just a collection of random facts about each.
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