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This comprehensive manual offers accurate, up-to-date, and clear information for identifying New England's remarkable array of tracheophytes (vascular plants, excluding mosses). With fully researched entries on some 3,500 native and nonnative species, the book is the first in decades to provide a complete and correct botanical reference for the region's noncultivated plants. The volume includes many new species not documented in New England before, while also excluding many species that have erroneously appeared in earlier manuals. Focusing on the taxonomy and distribution of New England plants, the manual is largely dedicated to identification keys and to species entries that provide scientific name, origin, regional conservation ranking, common name, synonyms, distribution, ecology, and other miscellaneous items of interest. Nearly one-third of the entries are accompanied by helpful black-and-white line illustrations. Additional special features: Precise distribution information, accurate to the state level Details on unusual plant groups not included in other sources Reliable and versatile keys for identification Tips on recognizing hybrid plants in the field A companion interactive teaching Web site (under development) Comprehensive glossary
Arthur Haines is research botanist, New England Wild Flower Society, and curator, Delta Institute of Natural History Herbarium. He lives in Bowdoin, ME. Elizabeth Farnsworth is senior research ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society, and a widely published scientific illustrator and writer. She lives in Royalston, MA. Gordon Morrison is a prize-winning freelance artist, writer, and naturalist and illustrator of many children's books and natural history guides, including Bald Eagle, Pond, Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, and A Field Guide to Eastern Forests. He lives in Royalston, MA. New England Wild Flower Society, based in Framingham, MA, is the oldest plant conservation organization in North America.