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North American Wildland Plants, Second Edition

A Field Guide

James Stubbendieck, Stephan L. Hatch, Neal M. Bryan

Publication Year: 2011

North American Wildland Plants contains descriptions of the salient characteristics of the most important wildland plants of North America. This comprehensive reference assists individuals with limited botanical knowledge as well as natural resource professionals in identifying wildland plants. The two hundred species of wildland plants in this book were selected because of their abundance, desirability, or poisonous properties. Each illustration has been enhanced to maximize use of the book as a field guide. Each plant description includes identifying characteristics, an illustration of the plant with enlarged parts, and a general distribution map for North America. Each species description includes nomenclature; life span; origin; season of growth; inflorescence, flower or spikelet, or other reproductive parts; vegetative parts; and growth characteristics. Brief notes are included on habitat; livestock losses; and historic, food, and medicinal uses. This second edition includes updated information about closely related or easily misidentified species, new and revised illustrations, and revised distribution maps.

Published by: University of Nebraska Press


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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-xiii

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p. xv

The authors wish to acknowledge Kathie J. Diller, Charles H. Butterfield, and Lori M. Landholt for their contributions to earlier editions of this book. Angie Fox, Kelly L. Rhodes Hays, Bellamy Parks Jansen, and Debra Meier prepared the illustrations. Kathleen Lonergan-Orr and Neal M. Bryan prepared the maps....

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pp. 1-3

A comprehensive reference containing the important characteristics of the most important wildland plants of North America is critical for ecologists, range managers, land managers, and other natural resource professionals. In addition, university students and range plant identification teams needed a single, primary resource for learning about important wildland plant species. North American Range Plants was developed to meet these needs...

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Wildland Plants

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pp. 5-28

Most wildland plant species are classified as annuals or perennials. Annuals complete their life cycle in one growing season, while perennials generally live three or more years. Herbaceous perennials have aerial stems that die back to the soil level each year while the underground parts remain alive. Perennial grasses, grass-like plants, and forbs are in this category. Woody perennials have aerial stems that remain alive throughout the year,...


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pp. 29-205

Grass-like Plants

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pp. 207-219

Forbs and Woody Plants

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pp. 221-433


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pp. 435-459


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pp. 461-467

Selected References

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pp. 469-481


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pp. 483-496

E-ISBN-13: 9780803235472
E-ISBN-10: 080323547X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780803234857
Print-ISBN-10: 0803234856

Page Count: 520
Illustrations: 219 figures
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: Second

OCLC Number: 715191363
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  • Range plants -- North America -- Identification.
  • Forage plants -- North America.
  • Forage plants -- North America -- Identification.
  • Range plants -- North America.
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