This easy-to-use field guide features 794 species of plants commonly found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, aquatic plants, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens. PLANTS OF COASTAL BRITISH COLUMBIA covers the entire length of the British Columbia coast, from shoreline to alpine. Includes: * 1100 color photographs * More than 1000 line drawings and silhouettes * Clear species descriptions and keys to groups * Descriptions of each plant's habitat and range * 794 new color range maps. * Rich and engaging notes on each species describe aboriginal and other local uses of plants for food, medicine and implements, along with unique characteristics of the plants and the origins of their names. For both amateurs and professionals, this is the best, most accessible, most up-to-date guide of its kind.
Coverage of grasses is good, but I found the keys a little hard to use, and the use of tribes doesn't always translate into the manner and approach of keys in other field books.
The index is quite consistent in its manner of referencing plants and their page location. Each species is referenced by one Latin name and minimally one common name. For example, in the index for the species "Douglas Maple", there are entries under "Acer glabrum", "Maple, Douglas", and "Maple, Rocky Mountain"; but not under "Rocky Mountain maple" or "Douglas maple". Another example, an entry would be found under "monkeyflower, pink" but not under "pink monkeyflower"