W. NC Book Report


Western North Carolina Book Report

April 13-30 2007

*-Bring next time (with certainty)

About the books. Shortly before I got to Asheville (my base) there was a hard frost that withered the leaves on many woody plants and killed back many herbaceous plants. And it was unseasonably cold. This left it harder to identify plants for a newbie to the area like myself.

1.*A Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Southern Appalachians-Swanson- Juliet Blankespoor’s favorite book of this type for the area.  Has keys. I didn’t get much of a chance to use it, though the first time I tried it frustrated me with going right to fruit (Leucothoe). Also, it was early in the season and so harder to identify plants

2.*Appalachian Wildflowers-Hemmerly-This book was pretty good to see color photographs of the plants of this area. Photographs nicely done.

3.Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southeastern United States-Godfrey and Wooten. While I like this book, I did not use it on this trip. Also, I was not in any aquatic habitats.

4.Falcon Guide-Central Appalachian Wildflowers-Medina-While I usually like this series, it did not have photos of many of the plants, but it is also the wrong area, as I was in the Southern Appalachian region, so perhaps I can scrounge up that book before next trip out there

5.*Illustrated Companion to Gleason and Cronquist- Holmgren-I did not use this much, as its focus is slightly north of here. See Gleason and Cronquist review.

6.*Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas-Radford, Ahles, Bell-This is the book for the region, and as such should always be brought along. Like usual, I was frustrated by the keys, though some worked quite well, as with the Trilliums (except for the falcate sepals). It’ll do.

7.*Manual of the Vascular Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada-Gleason and Cronquist-While this book covers a more northerly region, it was handy to check against the Carolina Flora, as there are many plants that overlap. Well worth bringing, though important to recognize that many plants will not be in here.

8.*North Carolina Atlas and Gazetteer- DeLorme-Useful as usual

9.Wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians-Smith-A pretty color photograph book that I did not use much. Perhaps give it a bit of a spin next time I’m out that way.