The Vascular Plants of Iowa

The Vascular Plants of Iowa : An Annotated Checklist and Natural History

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Anyone who works with the vascular plants of IowaOCoresearchers, conservationists, teachers, agricultural specialists, horticulturists, gardeners, and so onOCoand those who are simply interested in knowing more about the state's plants have long felt a need for a comprehensive flora of Iowa. This meticulously researched volume is a giant first step toward such a flora.This book consists of an extended essay on the natural history of the vascular plants of Iowa, a discussion of their origins, a description of the state's natural regions, and a painstakingly annotated checklist of Iowa vascular plants. The data, which apply to over 150 years, took more than 15 years to collect.All known vascular plants that grow and persist in Iowa without cultivation are included in the checklist. These are native plants, primarily, but a large number of introduced species have become established throughout the state. Also included are Iowa's major crop plants and some of its common garden plants. The lengthy checklist provides an accurate and up-to-date listing of species names and common names, synonyms, distribution, habitat, abundance, and origin; county names are given for very rare species, and the most complete information has been provided for all rare plants and troublesome species.The wealth of information is this well-organized, practical volumeOCowhich describes more than two thousand species from Adiantum pedatum, the northern maidenhair fern of moist woods and rocky slopes, to Zannichellia palustris, the horned pondweed of shallow marshes and coldwater streamsOComakes it possible to identify Iowa plants correctly. All midwesterners will want to own a copy of "The Vascular Plants of Iowa.""show more

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  • Electronic book text | 308 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • 158729057X
  • 9781587290572

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