Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee
The Complete Winter Guide to Their Identification and Use
Publication Year: 2013
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.
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Pledges
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The following individuals provided fresh specimens for photographic use: Edward W. Chester, Aaron Floden, Dennis Horn, W. Michael Dennis, Dwayne Estes, D. K. Smith, Ross Clark, Zack Murrell, Derick Poindexter, Paul Durr, Ken McFarland, Pat Cox, Jamey McDonald, Joe Feeman, David Webb, Meredith Clebsch, Ed Clebsch, John Beck, William Martin, Ed Schilling, Pine Funding for field support was provided by the Hesler Fund and the Breedlove-Dennis ...
A Note on the Photographs and Figures
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List of Figures
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Kentucky County Map
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Tennessee County Map
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Section I. Introduction
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This book provides a guide to the identification and uses of woody plants of the Kentucky–Tennessee (KY–TN) region during winter conditions. Included are diagnostic keys to the genera and species, color photographs that emphasize the characteristic features, descriptions of the genera, and species accounts that include scientific name, common name, habitat, distribution, conservation status for rare species, invasiveness categories for non-native species, and wetland ...
Section II. Key to Keys
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...1. Woody plants EITHER with succulent stems or leaves (cactus or yucca) OR with grasslike habit (wild cane with parallel-veined leaves and hollow stems) ________________________________________Key A, p. 23.1. Woody plants lacking succulent parts and grasslike habit (woody vine, subshrub, shrub, or tree).2. Gymnosperms; mostly trees (shrubby in species of Taxus and Juniperus); leaves needlelike or scalelike, arrangement various, but if clustered then needles 2–5 in number; leaves evergreen in all genera except ...
Section III. Keys to Genera
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...1. Stems green, flattened, and padlike, bearing clusters of sharp needlelike spines and tiny barbed bristles; a cactus ____________________________________________________________________________ Opuntia.1. Stems otherwise, either slender and hollow, or short and thick, lacking spines and bristles as described above.2. Leaves thin and grasslike (may be absent in winter), to 3 dm long, and lacking threadlike filaments along the margins, the leaves scattered along the stem; stem slender and hollow, to 3 m (rarely 8 m) tall; fruit ...
Section IV. Generic and Species Accounts
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C/☤ Abies P. Mill. Fir. Family Pinaceae. (abeo H11005 rising-one, the ancient Latin name for a tall ship or tree). Evergreen tree to 25 m tall; bark gray and smooth or with resin blisters, becoming scaly with age; needles spirally arranged but spreading in one plane; the needles flat, blunt, to 2.5 cm long, tapered to disc-like base on twig; cones to 10 cm long, the cone scales and bracts deciduous, and only the cone axis persistent into winter. A tea (good for coughs and fevers) ...
Section V. Plates 1 to 630
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...19. Ailanthus altissima 20. Akebia quinata 21. Albizia julibrissin22. Albizia julibrissin 23. Alnus serrulata 24. Alnus serrulata31. Amorpha nitens 32. Ampelopsis arborea 33. Ampelopsis arborea37. Aristolochia macrophylla 38. Aristolochia tomentosa 39. Aristolochia tomentosa40. Aronia arbutifolia 41. Aronia melanocarpa 42. Aronia melanocarpa...
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Appendix I: Glossary
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Appendix II: Woody Plants Useful for Food
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Appendix III. Woody Plants Useful for Medical Needs
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Appendix IV: Woody Plants Useful for Cordage
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Appendix V: Woody Plants Useful for Constructing Bows and Arrows
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Index of Section I
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Index of Scientific Names in Sections IV and V
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Index of Common Names in Section IV
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013