The list author says: "There are 50 species of orchids native to Illinois. Poaching and habitat loss by land development and incursion of non-native invasive species have caused serious declines in their numbers in the last two hundred years. Nonetheless, native orchids may be found in pristine natural areas. Most orchids are restricted to very specific habitats and they need a large community of fungus associates in order to grow. This is why when orchids are dug up out of the original habitat they may malinger for a few months but most often they die, because their network of fungi is destroyed. It is our goal to educate others about our native orchids and to encourage stewardship of our remaining forest preserves and other natural areas."
"One of the best keys for identifying wildflowers both in and out of bloom. The graceful, accurate line drawings show detail and distinguishing characteristics between similar species. The key takes some getting used to but once understood, it is an indispensable field guide."
"If I could only have one field guide for North America, this would be it! It covers all forms of native life - mammals, birds, vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and fungi. Beautifully illustrated, it shows species ranges and packs a lot of clear visual information into a small package."
"May Watts was part of the generation that helped educate America's leading botanists. She was a legend, even in her own time and taught at Morton Arboretum, where her memory is so revered they named the garden outside their famous library and herbarium after her."
"Phillip Keenan brings a personal perspective to botanizing that is refreshing. Many of the orchids he describes are native to Illinois but many are not. That's fine - it's just a great read, especially in colder weather when orchids are dormant and we need some diversion."
"Fred Case has carefully researched all the orchids of the midwest, at least the midwest bordering the Great Lakes. His handling of orchid ecology is some of the best and the photographs and species accounts are both clear and scholarly."
"Eye candy!!!! Michael Homoya botanized Illinois' native orchids for many years while doing his graduate work; in fact, Illinois and Indiana share many of the same species, so the habitat and species information apply easily to both states. In addition to being beautifully written and illlustrated, Homoya's book is one of the best on the subject. Definitely a keeper!"
"Minnesota is rich in native flora, including orchids. The beautiful scientific illustrations by Vera Ming Wong add a level of detail to this book usually unseen in volumes of this kind. She follows on the tradition of the noted Blanche Ames, who illustrated Correll's Orchids of North America North of Mexico, and does so superbly!"
"This comprehensive volume of all the orchids of North America north of Mexico is quite authoritative, although some of the botanic nomenclature of the species have changed since the book was published. The scientific illustrations by Blanche Ames are second-to-none!"