Monday, 6 May 2013

Review: 'Southern Appalachian Wildflowers' by Barbara Medina and Victor Medina

Southern Appalachian Wildflowers, Barbara Medina and Victor Medina, 2002, The Globe Pequot Press, $24.95, softbound, 215 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: attractive. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.

Colour-coded for your convenience, this book is meant to help people identify the many beautiful wildflowers found in Southern Appalachia. 

In the introduction, you will find line drawings of a few different types of leaves, flowers, and the reproduction system of a flower. 

Each plant has a colour photo alongside its name along with information about the flower; a description is given, plus the bloom season, habitat, and other comments. There's a section titled 'Places Cited,' in which all the places mentioned in the field guide are listed, along with addresses, phone numbers, and web site URLs. The book also lists other places where a large variety of wildflowers may be seen. 

There's a handy section on additional reading at the back, as well as a glossary and index. 

Although we have come across a number of wildflowers that are not in this book, this would be an excellent source to have along if one were visiting the area. 

If you like this one, try: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden; An Instant Guide to Edible Plants by Pamela Forey and Cecilia Fitzsimons. 

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