Description

Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington

Edited by Pamela Camp and John G. Gamon

  • $39.95 paperback (9780295990927) Add to Cart
  • hardcover not available
  • Published: April 2011
  • Subject Listing: Natural History, Botany
  • Bibliographic information: 408 pp., 600 color illus., 350 drawings, 350 maps, appendixes, glossary, bibliog., index, 7 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World
  • Published with: Washington Natural Heritage Program and Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Contents

Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington offers a window into the beauty and diversity of the rarest plants in the state.

The field guide includes:
-317 vascular plants, six mosses, and one lichen
-Full-color photographs of the plants and their habitats, line drawings, and distribution maps
-Detailed species descriptions, identification tips, and easiest times to identify the plants
-Current conservation status and state rank
-Complete reference list, and glossary

Each rare plant is fully characterized according to its appearance, reproductive strategy, associated plants, habitat, current threats, and scarcity in areas outside the state. A trip across Washington presents an array of habitats, from dripping spruce and hemlock forests along the coast to arid grasslands, shrub-steppe, and sand dune systems east of the mountains, from low-elevation outwash prairies to alpine slopes, from basalt flows and rocky islands to salt marshes and riverbanks. This book brings attention to the rarest and least understood plant species that find niches in this complex landscape.

Pamela Camp is a private consultant in field biology and restoration ecology and former Spokane District Botanist with the Bureau of Land Management. John G. Gamon is the Natural Heritage Program Manager at the Department of Natural Resources in Olympia, Washington.

“This guide will be the primary source of information on rare plants for land managers, ecological consultants, and others who need the most recent data on Washington’s rare plants. I heartily endorse and recommend it.” - Art Kruckeberg, author of Natural History of Puget Sound Country

“By refreshing the great botanical legacy of Hitchcock, Kruckeberg, Denton, and their ilk with contemporary knowledge and nomenclature, the authors have created a clear and handsome volume of immense conservation importance for our time and for the challenging times to come. What we manage to save of our rich floristic heritage may be largely thanks to this book and its contributors.” - Robert Michael Pyle, author of The Butterflies of Cascadia
Reviews

"This book succeeds as a current reference for the plants across Washington State. . . . every botanist in Washington State and the Northwest is likely to want a copy . . ." -Ryder W. Miller, Electronic Green Journal, Vol. 1(35), 2013

"This guide . . . will undoubtedly prove invaluable to botanists, advanced students, and amateurs in Washington and other states in the Pacific Northwest." -Maren Williams, American Reference Books Annual, Volume 43, 2012

"This book is an authoritative guide to the rare wild plants of Washington, and destined to become a classic." -Adele Kleine, Chicago Botanical Garden, February 2012

"This important resource will primarily benefit individuals looking for or studying these species in the field, but would also be valuable to libraries in the region as a reference book for undergraduates or graduate students studying rare plants. Summing up: Highly recommended." - C.C. Jones, Choice, August 2011

"A richly illustrated journey across our state's diverse floral habitats."-City Living

"The book is certainly an aid for serious botanists and photographers, as well as rare plant monitors and land managers, who regularly venture into Washington's wild places."-Bulletin of the Native Plant Society of Oregon