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The Vascular Plants of Iowa

An Annotated Checklist and Natural History

Lawrence J. Eilers, Dean M. Roosa

Publication Year: 1994

Anyone who works with the vascular plants of Iowa—researchers, conservationists, teachers, agricultural specialists, horticulturists, gardeners, and so on—and those who are simply interested in knowing more about the state's plants have long felt a need for a comprehensive flora of Iowa. This meticulously researched volume is a giant first step toward such a flora.

This book consists of an extended essay on the natural history of the vascular plants of Iowa, a discussion of their origins, a description of the state's natural regions, and a painstakingly annotated checklist of Iowa vascular plants. The data, which apply to over 150 years, took more than 15 years to collect.

All known vascular plants that grow and persist in Iowa without cultivation are included in the checklist. These are native plants, primarily, but a large number of introduced species have become established throughout the state. Also included are Iowa's major crop plants and some of its common garden plants. The lengthy checklist provides an accurate and up-to-date listing of species names and common names, synonyms, distribution, habitat, abundance, and origin; county names are given for very rare species, and the most complete information has been provided for all rare plants and troublesome species.

The wealth of information is this well-organized, practical volume—which describes more than two thousand species from Adiantum pedatum, the northern maidenhair fern of moist woods and rocky slopes, to Zannichellia palustris, the horned pondweed of shallow marshes and coldwater streams—makes it possible to identify Iowa plants correctly. All midwesterners will want to own a copy of The Vascular Plants of Iowa.

Published by: University of Iowa Press

Title Page

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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-xiv

Individuals who work with the vascular plants of Iowa researchers, conservationists, teachers, agricultural specialists, horticulturists, gardeners, etc.-and those who are simply interested in knowing more about the state's plants have long felt a need for a comprehensive flora of Iowa. This annotated...

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Iowa and Its Flora

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pp. 1-20

Location Iowa lies near the center of the continental United States, between approximately 40° 35" and 43° 30" north latitude and between 90° and 96° 30" west longitude, and encompasses an area of 56,290 square miles. It is located between two of the world's principal rivers, being bounded on...

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Introduction to the Annotated Checklist

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pp. 21-28

The data in this annotated checklist have been derived mostly from specimens in the major herbaria in Iowa, though for rare species we checked several of the smaller herbaria as well. The most complete information has been provided for rare plants and troublesome species...

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The Annotated Checklist

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pp. 29-188

Adiantum L. Maidenhair ferns A. pedatum L. Com: Northern maidenhair fern Hab: Moist woods; mesic rocky slopes A&D: Rare nw; freq nc; common elsewh Org: Native Cheilanthes Sw. Lip ferns c. feei Moore Com: Slender lip fern Hab: Exposed, dry, limestone cliffs...

Index of Taxa and Synonyms

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pp. 189-258

Index of Common Names

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pp. 259-296

Selected References

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pp. 297-304

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p. 305-305


E-ISBN-13: 9781587290572
E-ISBN-10: 158729057X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780877454649
Print-ISBN-10: 0877454647

Page Count: 319
Publication Year: 1994

Series Title: Bur Oak Book