"A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter" by Carol Levine

A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter Herbaceous Plants of Northeastern North America Carol Levine, Dick Rauh

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
30 Aug 1995
ISBN:
9780300065602
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
344 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
729 b-w illus.

People who enjoy looking at and identifying outdoor plants in northeastern North America are often accustomed to putting aside this pursuit in the late fall and winter. Many plants, however, are still visible during these seasons and have features that make it possible to identify them at that time. This beautifully illustrated book is a unique guide that helps both amateur naturalists and serious field botanists identify nonwoody plants—herbaceous weeds and wildflowers—as they are found in winter in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

The book features long entries on 391 species of herbaceous plants, each illustrated with a line drawing by Dick Rauh, together with briefer mentions of 191 similar species. The book also includes numerous charts illustrated by Rauh, an illustrated key, and an illustrated glossary. Photographs to help in identifying winter rosettes of some species are also provided. 

Carol Levine is an instructor in field botony at the New York Botanical Garden. She also has been an instructor in botany at the University of Connecticut, Stamford branch, and at the University of Connecticut's Bartlett Arboretum. She has served for many years on on the Board of Directors of the Bartlett Arboretum, and assists in directing the Arboretum's educational program. Dick Rauh teaches botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and has worked in motion picture graphics and special effects for many years.

"A classic of American botanical literature."?Andrew Greller, Queens College


"This book?with its detailed descriptions and artistic and accurate illustrations?will appeal to a substantial group of professional and serious amateur botanists, including environmental, conservation, and wildlife management practitioners and consultants. It will also be of use to students, teachers, and researchers."?Glenn D. Dreyer, Connecticut College


"A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter is a gem of a book. It admirably fills the gap in field botany guides for something to help us identify all those 'weedy' remnants and rosette that we constantly find and puzzle over. . . . Carol Levine is to be congratulated on an excellent text, on a very good illustrated key and glossary, and on a logical and very helpful presentation. Dick Rauh is to be congratulated on his superb illustrations."?Gary Lincoff, Instructor, New York Botanical Garden


"Levine's new wildflower guide gives a welcome aid to those who enjoy the pursuit of identifying herbaceous species during wintertime hikes and other outside activities in the northeastern United States. . . . Wildflowers in Winter will be a nice addition to any botanist's library."?Kandy Walker Duke, HortScience


"A wonderfully workable, nicely portable field guide for quickly identifying northeastern herbaceous 'wildflowers and weeds' by their 'winter leftovers.'. . . You'll find many plants in the field immediately recognizable with the help of Dick Rauh's clear, precise, aesthetically pleasing line drawings. . . . Amateur and professional naturalists and botanists and natural gardening enthusiasts will welcome Levine's work for neatly filling the seasonal gap in North American plant field guides."?Horticulture


"This guide would be an excellent addition to botanical collections in the Northeast."?Science & Technology Libraries


"The scope of this guide extends far beyond any existing similar guides to plants in winter, such as the excellent Weeds in Winter by Lauren Brown, both in number of species covered and in the details with which they are described. . . . The illustrations are excellent and capture both the appearance and the accurate details of a plant, which is quite a feat when it is usually lacking leaves and flowers and appears in an uncharacteristically bent, broken, and dried brown condition. . . . This book will go a long way toward lightening that grim, brown season between November and March for both the interested amateur and for the professional field botanist."?Pamela B. Weatherbee, Rhodora


"Arranged in sections by similarities of easily observable winter characteristics, it leads the reader through an illustrated key to the final identification. . . . In fact the book is so well illustrated that in many cases one may simply scan the table of contents and flip the pages to arrive at a conclusion. . . . When deciding which. . . to take out in the field, I would pick Levine's book."?Anne Perry, Northeastern Naturalist


"There are a few other books on the subject, but none approaches A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter. . . . This is a reference for those who really need to identify herbaceous plants in the winter condition, suitable not only for those doing floristic, ecological, or environmental-impact studies."?James Pringle, Wildflower


"Until now there has been no body of literature that specifically addresses the problem of winter identification of wildflowers. This book fills an important need for outdoors recreation and education in the wintertime. It will be a classic of American botanical literature."?Andrew Greller, Queens College


"This book--with its detailed descriptions and artistic and accurate illustrations--will appeal to a substantial group of professional and serious amateur botanists, including environmental, conservation, and wildlife management practitioners and consultants. It will also be of use to students, teachers, and researchers."?Glenn D. Dreyer, Connecticut College