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Woody Plants of Utah

A Field Guide with Identification Keys to Native and Naturalized Trees, Shrubs, Cacti, and Vines

Renée Van Buren, Janet G. Cooper, Leila M. Shultz, and Kimball T. Harper

Publication Year: 2011

A comprehensive guide that includes a vast range of species and plant communities and employs thorough, original keys. Based primarily on vegetative characteristics, the keys don't require that flowers or other reproductive features be present, like many plant guides. And this guide's attention to woody plants as a whole allows one to identify a much greater variety of plants. That especially suits an arid region such as Utah with less diverse native trees. Woody plants are those that have stems that persist above ground even through seasons that don't favor growth, due to low precipitation or temperatures.

Woody Plants of Utah employs dichotomous identification keys that are comparable to a game of twenty questions. They work through a process of elimination by choosing sequential alternatives.

Detailed, illustrated plant descriptions complement the keys and provide additional botanical and environmental information in relation to a useful introductory categorization of Utah plant communities. Supplementary tools include photos, distribution maps, and an illustrated glossary.

Published by: Utah State University Press


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pp. 1-2

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-v


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pp. vii-viii

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1. Introduction to the Woody Flora

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pp. 1-8

A book on the native woody plants of Utah could vary in length, depending on how one defines the term “woody.” For the purpose of this book, we define woody plants as those retaining woody tissue above=ground season after season. This definition includes taxa described as ...

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2. Major Utah Plant Communities

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pp. 9-26

Professionals and interested naturalists are usually introduced to the plant life of a region via a list of species known to occur in the area. Such species lists are technically known as floras. Floras are of unquestionable value to those interested in regional ecosystems, but they are of limited ...

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3. Key to Woody Plants of Utah

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pp. 27-104

Using a dichotomous key requires choosing between a series of two contrasting statements that lead to a tentative identification of a plant, much like a game of 20 questions that allows you to find an answer through the process of elimination. The following set of keys is based primarily ...

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4. Gymnosperm Descriptions

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pp. 105-123

The term “gymnosperm” is derived from two Greek words, gymnos, meaning “naked,” and sperma, meaning “seed.” It commonly refers to vascular plants with naked seeds. These plants have no flowers, the seeds are not enclosed in a fruit, and the pollen is airborne. Gymnosperms ...

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5. Angiosperm Descriptions

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pp. 124-453

The term angiosperm commonly refers to the “flowering plants.” These vascular plants produce flowers with seeds that are enclosed and protected within a fruit (the ripened ovary of a flower). The flowers of this group are modified to disperse their pollen by wind, water, or animals. The ...


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pp. 503-513

Back Cover

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pp. 526-526

E-ISBN-13: 9780874218251
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874218244

Page Count: 506
Illustrations: 814 photos, maps, and line drawings
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1st Edition

OCLC Number: 811963682
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