Native Orchids of the Southern Appalachian Mountains

Author: Stanley L. Bentley
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 9781469620350
Release Date: 2014-03-19
Genre: Nature

This authoritative guide showcases the unmatched beauty and diversity of the native orchids of the southern Appalachian mountains. Based on Stanley Bentley's many years of nature study, it covers the 52 species--including one discovered by Bentley and named after him--found in a region encompassing western Virginia and North Carolina and eastern West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The entry for each orchid provides the plant's scientific and common names, a description of the flower (including color, shape, and size), and information on the time of flowering, range, and typical habitat, all in the context of the southern mountains. A range map accompanies each description, and Bentley's own superb photographs are an additional aid to identification. Using straightforward language yet incorporating the most up-to-date scientific information and nomenclature, the book will be welcomed by amateur naturalists or professional botanists looking for species in the field and by those who simply enjoy photographs of beautiful wildflowers.

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.

Wildflowers of the Eastern United States

Author: Wilbur H. Duncan
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820327476
Release Date: 2005-03-01
Genre: Nature

Richly illustrated with over 600 color photographs, this guide describes more than 1,100 wildflowers that can be found east of the Mississippi--in our woods and parks, along mountain trails or dunes, and even floating in streams. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, an amateur naturalist or a professional botanist, this guide will be a welcome addition to your library, classroom, or backpack. Wildflowers of the Eastern United States is Thorough: Covers more than 1,100 species of wildflowers found from Maine to northern Florida, including forbs, grasses, rushes, and sedges. More than 700 of these species also are found west of the Mississippi. Useful: Includes both common and scientific names. The succinct descriptions and color photographs provide the most easily recognizable characteristics necessary for positive identification of each species. Accessible: Keeps language as simple as possible so that hobbyists as well as specialists will find the book accurate and easy to use. A glossary and line drawings define and illustrate botanical terminology, and the authors provide a brief guide to plant structure. Informative: Describes range, blooming season, and typical habitat for each species. A list of plants with unusual characteristics is a further aid to identification.

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.

Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians

Author: Timothy P. Spira
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 9781469622651
Release Date: 2015-03-02
Genre: Travel

If you love waterfalls, here are some of the best hikes in the Southern Appalachians. And if you love plants--or simply would like to learn more about them--you will be in hiking heaven: naturalist Tim Spira's guidebook links waterfalls and wildflowers in a spectacularly beautiful region famous for both. Leading you to gorgeous waterfalls in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia, the book includes many hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As he surveys one of America's most biologically diverse regions, Spira introduces hikers to the "natural communities" approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy--equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way. Each of the 30 hikes includes: * a detailed map and GPS coordinates * a lively trail description highlighting the plants you are most likely to see, as well as birds and other animals along the way * an associated plant species list Also featured: * beautiful color photographs of 30 destination waterfalls, 125 plants, and more * detailed descriptions of 125 key plant species * 22 drawings to help identify plant structures * a glossary of botanical terms

Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Author: Ann Simpson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781493023967
Release Date: 2017-01-01
Genre: Nature

This field guide dedicated to wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway is an information-packed, pocket-sized book that introduces park visitors to the vibrant wildflower habitats along the Blue Ridge Parkway in a colorful and portable package. Including full-color photos and easy-to-understand descriptions, the wildflowers are arranged by color and family to aid in quick identification. With full cooperation from the park association, this book will appeal to the 16 million visitors who travel the Blue Ridge Parkway every year.

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 25 years of planning, research, and writing, this guide is the most comprehensive, detailed, and up-to-date resource of its kind for the flora of Tennessee, home to nearly 2,900 documented taxa. Along with keys for identifying the major groups, families, genera, species, and lesser taxa, it also offers a plethora of descriptive information about the state's physical environment and vegetation.

Mountains of Injustice

Author: Michele Morrone
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 9780821444283
Release Date: 2011-11-13
Genre: History

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. Contributors: Laura Allen, Brian Black, Geoffrey L. Buckley, Donald Edward Davis, Wren Kruse, Nancy Irwin Maxwell, Chad Montrie, Michele Morrone, Kathryn Newfont, John Nolt, Jedediah S. Purdy, and Stephen J. Scanlan.

Small Wonder

Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061868641
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Literary Collections

In her new essay collection, the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us out of one of history's darker moments an extended love song to the world we still have. From its opening parable gleaned from recent news about a lost child saved in an astonishing way, the book moves on to consider a world of surprising and hopeful prospects, ranging from an inventive conservation scheme in a remote jungle to the backyard flock of chickens tended by the author's small daughter. Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden, motherhood, adolescence, genetic engineering, TV-watching, the history of civil rights, or the future of a nation founded on the best of all human impulses, these essays are grounded in the author's belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth's remotest corners as well as our own backyards, and that answers may lie in those places, too. In the voice Kingsolver's readers have come to rely on—sometimes grave, occasionally hilarious, and ultimately persuasive—Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be, and what we might yet make of ourselves.