Plant Life of Kentucky

Author: Ronald Jones
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813171944
Release Date: 2005-03-25
Genre: Nature

Plant Life of Kentucky is the first comprehensive guide to all the ferns, flowering herbs, and woody plants of the state. This long-awaited work provides identification keys for Kentucky’s 2,600 native and naturalized vascular plants, with notes on wildlife/human uses, poisonous plants, and medicinal herbs. The common name, flowering period, habitat, distribution, rarity, and wetland status are given for each species, and about 80 percent are illustrated with line drawings. The inclusion of 250 additional species from outside the state (these species are “to be expected” in Kentucky) broadens the regional coverage, and most plants occurring from northern Alabama to southern Ohio to the Mississippi River (an area of wide similarity in flora) are examined, including nearly all the plants of western and central Tennessee. The author also describes prehistoric and historical changes in the flora, natural regions and plant communities, significant botanists, current threats to plant life, and a plan for future studies. Plant Life of Kentucky is intended as a research tool for professionals in biology and related fields, and as a resource for students, amateur naturalists, and others interested in understanding and preserving our rich botanical heritage.

The Southern Appalachians

Author: Susan L. Yarnell
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9780788141164
Release Date: 1998
Genre: History

Describes the natural and geological processes that have changed the Southern Appalachian landscape over millions of years. Chapters: Paleo-Indian Period; Archaic Period; Woodland and Mississippian Periods; early history; European settlement; early 19th cent.; Civil War and its aftermath; late 19th cent.; early 20th cent. conservation in the Southern Appalachians; Great Depression and New Deal; WWII and the 1950s; and recent decades. Appendix of plant and animal names. Parks and wilderness areas have provided refuge for native plants and animals, whereas in national forests managers have sought to regulate resource extraction.

Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee

Author: Edward W. Chester
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 9781621901006
Release Date: 2015-03-20
Genre: Nature

The product of twenty-five years of planning, research, and writing, Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee is the most comprehensive, detailed, and up-to-date resource of its kind for the flora of the Volunteer State, home to nearly 2,900 documented taxa. Not since Augustin Gattinger’s 1901 Flora of Tennessee and a Philosophy of Botany has a work of this scope been attempted. The team of editors, authors, and contributors not only provide keys for identifying the major groups, families, genera, species, and lesser taxa known to be native or naturalized within the state—with supporting information about distribution, frequency of occurrence, conservation status, and more—but they also offer a plethora of descriptive information about the state’s physical environment and vegetation, along with a summary of its rich botanical history, dating back to the earliest Native American inhabitants. Other features of the book include a comprehensive glossary of botanical terms and an array of line drawings that illustrate the identifying characteristics of vascular plants, from leaf shape and surface features to floral morphology and fruit types. Finally, the book’s extensive keys are indexed by families, scientific names, and common names. The result is a user-friendly work that researchers, students, environmentalists, foresters, conservationists, and indeed anyone interested in Tennessee and its botanical legacy and resources will value for years to come. Edward W. Chester is professor emeritus of biology at Austin Peay State University, where he taught botany and curated the herbarium for more than forty-five years. B. Eugene Wofford is director of the University of Tennessee Herbarium and coauthor (with Professor Chester) of Guide to the Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Tennessee. Joey Shaw is associate professor of biological and environmental sciences at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dwayne Estes is associate professor of biology and curator of the herbarium at Austin Peay State University. David H. Webb is a retired biologist from the Tennessee Valley Authority. In addition, more than 20 experts from throughout the country contributed family or genera treatments, including Andrea Shea Bishop (rare species botanist, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation), Claude Bailey (associate professor, Jackson State Community College), Hal R. DeSelm (professor emeritus, University of Tennessee), Dennis Horn (amateur botanist and wildflower photographer, retired engineer), Chris Fleming (senior project scientist, BDY Environmental), Aaron Floden (graduate student, University of Tennessee), William H. Martin (professor emeritus, Eastern Kentucky University and former commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Natural Resources), Mary Patten Priestley (curator of the herbarium, The University of the South), and Edward Schilling (professor, University of Tennessee).

Appalachian Wildflowers

Author: Thomas Ellsworth Hemmerly
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820321648
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Nature

This informative field guide covers the wildflowers of the entire Appalachian region, which stretches from Quebec to northern Alabama, encompassing the Catskills of New York, the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and many mountain ranges in between. Using this book, readers will learn to identify this region's wildflowers by shape, color, family, and habitat. Ecologist and botanist Thomas E. Hemmerly encourages us to "read the landscape" in order to learn about plants' habitats, distribution, and use. In his brief, introductory chapters, he describes ecosystems such as mountain forests and wetlands to provide a context for the information on individual plant species that will be valuable to both professional scientists and amateur naturalists. Practical: The 378 color plates, grouped by color for clear reference, appear alongside plant descriptions for ease of identification.Informative: Each entry includes a description of the plant's habitat, abundance, and geographical distribution, along with information about its ethnobotanical, economic, or medicinal uses. An appendix lists and describes the best places in the Appalachians for "botanizing."User-Friendly: Diagrams of leaf and flower shapes are a further aide to plant identification.The Appalachian Region: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee

Author: Ronald L. Jones
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813143095
Release Date: 2014-03-13
Genre: Nature

For centuries people have used trees, shrubs, and woody vines for food, clothing, ritual, construction, scientific study, and more. However, these important plants are easy to overlook during the winter months, when the absence of leaves, fruit, and other distinguishing characteristics makes them difficult to recognize. This comprehensive volume is the essential guide to woody plants in Kentucky, Tennessee, and surrounding states during the winter season. Featuring color images of more than four hundred species, this detailed botanical resource provides keys to the genera and species, as well as descriptions of the genera. The species accounts include useful information on Latin meanings, common names, habitats and distributions, and notes on toxicity, nativity, rarity, and wetland status. In addition, authors Ronald L. Jones and B. Eugene Wofford provide notes on practical uses for the plants, including food, medicine, fiber, and weapons. Winter identification of woody plants can be a daunting exercise, but Jones and Wofford present clear and authoritative information that can help anyone spot these species in the wild. Whether taken into the field or enjoyed at home, Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee: The Complete Winter Guide to Their Identification and Use is a comprehensive and accessible resource for professional and amateur botanists, students, commercial landscapers, homeowners, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Identifying Trees of the East

Author: Michael D. Williams
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780811765633
Release Date: 2017-06-01
Genre: Nature

All-season field guide for identifying common trees of eastern NA This popular, field-tested guide for identifying trees in any season, not just when they are in full leaf, features 600 color photos and 200 line drawings showing bark, branching patterns, fruits, flowers, nuts, and overall appearance in addition to leaf color and shape. Accompanying text describes common locations and identifying characteristics. Covers every common tree in eastern North America, updated with the latest taxonomy and 130 range maps. Created for in-the-field or at-home use, this helpful guide includes an easy-to-use key to facilitate putting a name to a tree.

Wildflowers of Arkansas

Author: Carl G. Hunter
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 0912456167
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Nature

This is the most complete wild-flower book for Arkansas and also has great interest for surrounding states. Six-hundred species are described, accompanied by hundreds of color photographs. Text for each species appears next to its photograph for easy identification. The eight plant families represented are described as well as the structure of flowers and plants and the physiographic regions of Arkansas. The book also includes a glossary of scientific terms and an index for all species.

Ozark Wildflowers

Author: Thomas E. Hemmerly
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820323373
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Nature

A must-have field guide for wildflower enthusiasts, this book explores the water, soil, climate, and geology that influence Ozark ecology and identifies more than 600 species of Ozark flowering plants. 281 color photos.

Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia

Author: Linda G. Chafin
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0977962105
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Science

Abundantly illustrated with more than 400 color photographs and 200 detailed drawings, this comprehensive guide to the state's rare and endangered plants provides photographs and botanical illustrations in a single volume formatted for field use. More than 200 species are covered, including two dozen that are federally listed and 170-plus that are listed as Threatened, Endangered, Rare, or of Special Concern by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The guide is designed for easy, nontechnical identification of species in the field. Color photographs show the plants in their natural surroundings, and drawings emphasize the most distinctive parts of the plants. Packed with information about the plants as well as their habitats and management, the guide facilitates the quick recognition of rare species, encourages awareness of their distribution and ecological significance, and provides guidelines for ensuring their survival. Additional features include directions for using the guide, a map of Georgia's counties, descriptions of the natural communities of Georgia, references for further reading, a glossary of frequently used terms, and indexes of scientific and common plant names. The guide also includes a chapter by Jennifer Ceska and University of Georgia horticulture professor James Affolter, founding members of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, on horticultural requirements of rare species and the role of GPCA in their protection. This is a valuable resource for students, wildflower enthusiasts, botanists, land managers, and environmental decision makers. Each species account includes: one or more full-color photographs Georgia distribution map line drawing emphasizing such key field identification characters as leaf, stem, flower, and fruit scientific and common names legal and wetland status brief nontechnical description emphasizing key field identification characters flowering, fruiting, or sporulation period description of species habitat information on best survey season range-wide distribution Georgia conservation status management guidelines information on similar species and related rare species list of references

Wildflowers of Ohio

Author: Robert L. Henn
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253211670
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Gardening

Wildflowers of Ohio is a user-friendly, full-color guide to 286 species of wildflowers found growing throughout the state. The book opens with a succinct but informative introduction, diagrams of flower parts and leaf arrangements, and a glossary of important botanical terms. It is then divided into five sections - for white, yellow to orange, pink to red, blue to purple, and green to brown flowers. Color-coded tabs on the right-hand pages expedite locating the proper section, as does the innovative side-turn design. Within each section, flowers are arranged in taxonomic order from the simplest to most complex. Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the plant's field characteristics, habitat, blooming period, range of distribution in Ohio, relationship to the environment, and uses by humans.

Mountains of Injustice

Author: Michele Morrone
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821419803
Release Date: 2011-11-22
Genre: Nature

Research in environmental justice reveals that low-income and minority neighborhoods in our nation’s cities are often the preferred sites for landfills, power plants, and polluting factories. Those who live in these sacrifice zones are forced to shoulder the burden of harmful environmental effects so that others can prosper. Mountains of Injustice broadens the discussion from the city to the country by focusing on the legacy of disproportionate environmental health impacts on communities in the Appalachian region, where the costs of cheap energy and cheap goods are actually quite high. Through compelling stories and interviews with people who are fighting for environmental justice, Mountains of Injustice contributes to the ongoing debate over how to equitably distribute the long-term environmental costs and consequences of economic development.