- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr (April 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813911230
- ISBN-13: 978-0813911236
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,404,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fall Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains Hardcover – April, 1987
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The book contains beautiful full page (4x6 in.) photographs of fruits, seeds or equivalent structures of 100 species including trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and as mentioned above some seedless plants. Combining these pictures with details about similar plants in the descriptions, it claims to provide a guide to the identification of 224 species. It is designed to be user friendly to a lay person with no prior knowledge of botany. Plants are organized by fruit/seedpod/sporangium color into four sections, with colored tabs on the edge of the pages: green-white-yellow (green tab), red-pink-orange (red tab), brown-black (brown tab), and blue-purple (blue tab). Within each section, plants are sorted roughly by the time they fruit or set seeds or spores, listing early-fruiting plants first and progressing into fall and winter, though I find it is sometimes not quite clear when each plant is fruiting. Most of the descriptions mention the month(s), but some don't. Each full-page photograph is accompanied by a description on the opposite page, written in non-technical language and including information such as the appearance of the plant, similar species, possible uses and toxicity, habitat and suitability for planting and propagation in wildflower gardens. The book ends with a pronunciation key for the scientific names and an index of common and scientific names.
In summary, this is a delightful field guide to some of the fruits and seeds found in the wild along the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. It wasn't quite what I was expecting from the title though, but it does fill a unique niche on my shelf full of wildflower field guides.