Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast : Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska

by Jim Pojar

Other authorsAndy MacKinnon (Author)
Paperback, 1994

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Available

Publication

Redmond, Wash. ; Vancouver : Lone Pine Publishing, 1994.

Description

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.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member paquetd10
If one can own but one native plant book for the Pacific Northwest, this is the one which provides the best balance of being an introduction, and to covering the widest variety of common native plants. The coverage of trees, liverworts, mosses, ferns, lichens and flowering plants are all first rate. None of these areas of treatment have been added as an afterthought. For example, the narrative accompanying moss illustrations provide information on appearance, habitat, description of the sporophyte, and ways to separate this species from others. This latter aspect is not always covered in many professional field guides where the authors often assume that their particular keys have sufficiently separated the species from all others.

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"
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LibraryThing member ABGLibrary
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.
LibraryThing member ranaverde
An excellent guidebook - though with one curious omission. Poison oak is not give its own entry, but merely referenced in the description of hairy manzanita. It doesn't even appear in the index under its common name (appearing only as one of its several scientific names, _Toxicodendron diversilobum_.

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