Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia

Author: Linda G. Chafin
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0977962105
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Science

Abundantly illustrated with more than 400 color photographs and 200 detailed drawings, this comprehensive guide to the state's rare and endangered plants provides photographs and botanical illustrations in a single volume formatted for field use. More than 200 species are covered, including two dozen that are federally listed and 170-plus that are listed as Threatened, Endangered, Rare, or of Special Concern by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The guide is designed for easy, nontechnical identification of species in the field. Color photographs show the plants in their natural surroundings, and drawings emphasize the most distinctive parts of the plants. Packed with information about the plants as well as their habitats and management, the guide facilitates the quick recognition of rare species, encourages awareness of their distribution and ecological significance, and provides guidelines for ensuring their survival. Additional features include directions for using the guide, a map of Georgia's counties, descriptions of the natural communities of Georgia, references for further reading, a glossary of frequently used terms, and indexes of scientific and common plant names. The guide also includes a chapter by Jennifer Ceska and University of Georgia horticulture professor James Affolter, founding members of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, on horticultural requirements of rare species and the role of GPCA in their protection. This is a valuable resource for students, wildflower enthusiasts, botanists, land managers, and environmental decision makers. Each species account includes: one or more full-color photographs Georgia distribution map line drawing emphasizing such key field identification characters as leaf, stem, flower, and fruit scientific and common names legal and wetland status brief nontechnical description emphasizing key field identification characters flowering, fruiting, or sporulation period description of species habitat information on best survey season range-wide distribution Georgia conservation status management guidelines information on similar species and related rare species list of references

A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region

Author: Bruce A. Sorrie
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807877883
Release Date: 2011-06-01
Genre: Nature

Featuring over 600 wildflowers, flowering shrubs, and vines, this user-friendly field guide is the first to focus on the rare, fragile lands and species of the Sandhills region of the Carolinas and Georgia. Characterized by longleaf pine forests, rolling hills, abundant blackwater streams, several major rivers, and porous sandy soils, the Sandhills region stretches from Fayetteville, North Carolina, southwest to Columbus, Georgia, and represents the farthest advance of the Atlantic Ocean some 2 million years ago. Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region is arranged by habitat, with color tabs to facilitate easy browsing of the nine different natural communities whose plants are described here. Bruce A. Sorrie, a botanist with over 30 years of experience, includes common plants, region-specific endemics, and local rarities, each with its own species description, and over 540 color photos for easy identification. The field guide's opening section includes an introduction to the Sandhills region's geology, soil types, and special relationship to fire ecology; an overview of rare species and present conservation efforts; a glossary and key to flower and leaf structures; and a listing of gardens, preserves, and parklands in the Sandhills region and nearby where wildflowers can be seen and appreciated. Wildflower enthusiasts and professional naturalists alike will find this comprehensive guide extremely useful. Southern Gateways Guide is a registered trademark of the University of North Carolina Press

Wildflowers of Georgia

Author: Hugh O. Nourse
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820321790
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Nature

Wildflowers are among nature's loveliest offerings, and this book showcases the native flowering plants that are on display all throughout Georgia. For eight years, Hugh and Carol Nourse traveled the state, from the Coastal Plain to the Blue Ridge mountains and all points in between, finding and photographing wildflowers in their own habitats and in their best blooming seasons. The 86 vividly detailed photographs presented in this large-format volume capture the diversity and splendor of these sometimes elusive plants, many of which are endangered by human activities. Each photo is accompanied by a concise caption that provides common and scientific names, place and season photographed, and information on whether the plant is a Georgia protected plant. Armchair naturalists will not have to leave the comfort of their homes to appreciate this photographic collection of many of the state's wildflowers, but readers inspired to undertake their own search for these beauties will find suggestions for hiking trails and other sites to view wildflowers. Anyone who loves Georgia will treasure this book, and wildflower lovers everywhere will appreciate this beautiful depiction of the state's botanical diversity.

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont

Author: Timothy P. Spira
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807877654
Release Date: 2011-05-16
Genre: Nature

This richly illustrated field guide serves as an introduction to the wildflowers and plant communities of the southern Appalachians and the rolling hills of the adjoining piedmont. Rather than organizing plants, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, by flower color or family characteristics, as is done in most guidebooks, botanist Tim Spira takes a holistic, ecological approach that enables the reader to identify and learn about plants in their natural communities. This approach, says Spira, better reflects the natural world, as plants, like other organisms, don't live in isolation; they coexist and interact in myriad ways. Full-color photo keys allow the reader to rapidly preview plants found within each of the 21 major plant communities described, and the illustrated species description for each of the 340 featured plants includes fascinating information about the ecology and natural history of each plant in its larger environment. With this new format, readers can see how the mountain and piedmont landscapes form a mosaic of plant communities that harbor particular groups of plants. The volume also includes a glossary, illustrations of plant structures, and descriptions of sites to visit. Whether you're a beginning naturalist or an expert botanist, this guidebook is a useful companion on field excursions and wildflower walks, as well as a valuable reference. Southern Gateways Guide is a registered trademark of the University of North Carolina Press

Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge

Author: B. Eugene Wofford
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820324558
Release Date: 1989-08-01
Genre: Nature

The mountainous Blue Ridge, perhaps the most botanically diverse region in the eastern United States, extends for more than five hundred miles, the bulk of the area falling within eighty-five counties of five states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. The area has attracted the attention of botanists for nearly two centuries, yet no comprehensive work has previously been available that catalogs its rich floristic abundance. Addressing the needs of professional and amateur botanists interested in the Blue Ridge, B. Eugene Wofford’s guide makes it possible to identify all the region’s native and naturalized plant life--representing 161 families, 726 genera, and 2,391 species and lesser taxa. Among the flora to be found in the Blue Ridge are a number of species that have been identified as rare or endangered. The volume contains an introduction instructing readers on the use of the guide; a glossary of terms with selected illustrations; a map of the region; a key to the major plant groups; and keys to the Pteridophyte, Gymnosperm, Monocot, and Dicot families as well as to genera, species and lesser taxa. The species and lesser taxa enumeration following each genus contains the scientific name, common name or names, general habitat preferences, frequency and area of occurrence, flowering or sporulating periods, and pertinent taxonomic and nonmenclatural synonyms. The keys for identification rely primarily on easily identified flowering or sporulating material and can be interpreted by all users, from beginners and amateurs to experienced professionals.

The Natural Communities of Georgia

Author: Leslie Edwards
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820330211
Release Date: 2013-02-01
Genre: Nature

The Natural Communities of Georgia presents a comprehensive overview of the state’s natural landscapes, providing an ecological context to enhance understanding of this region’s natural history. Georgia boasts an impressive range of natural communities, assemblages of interacting species that have either been minimally impacted by modern human activities or have successfully recovered from them. This guide makes the case that identifying these distinctive communities and the factors that determine their distribution are central to understanding Georgia’s ecological diversity and the steps necessary for its conservation. Within Georgia’s five major ecoregions the editors identify and describe a total of sixty-six natural communities, such as the expansive salt marshes of the barrier islands in the Maritime ecoregion, the fire-driven longleaf pine woodlands of the Coastal Plain, the beautiful granite outcrops of the Piedmont, the rare prairies of the Ridge and Valley, and the diverse coves of the Blue Ridge. With contributions from scientists who have managed, researched, and written about Georgia landscapes for decades, the guide features more than four hundred color photographs that reveal the stunning natural beauty and diversity of the state. The book also explores conservation issues, including rare or declining species, current and future threats to specific areas, and research needs, and provides land management strategies for preserving, restoring, and maintaining biotic communities. The Natural Communities of Georgia is an essential reference for ecologists and other scientists, as well as a rich resource for Georgians interested in the region’s natural heritage.

Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia

Author: Lloyd H. Snyder, Jr.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820323853
Release Date: 1986-10-01
Genre: Nature

Incorporating over thirty years of field sightings with recent scientific advances, Lloyd Snyder and James Bruce present a complete illustrated guide--with descriptions, distribution maps, identification keys, and name derivations--to the more than one hundred species of ferns and fern allies to be found in Georgia. A basic source of the professional botanist, this guide should also prove useful to naturalists, conservationists, garden-club members, and hikers.

Field guide to coastal wetland plants of the southeastern United States

Author: Ralph W. Tiner
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr
ISBN: UOM:39015009124903
Release Date: 1993-09
Genre: Nature

Coastal wetlands are among our most valuable environmental resources, providing such benefits as flood and storm damage protection, water quality maintenance, and vital habitats for fish, shellfish, and other wildlife. In the southeastern United States, over 90 percent of commercial fishing involves estuarine species, and the region's multimillion dollar shrimp fishery is dependent on the viability of coastal marshland. After years of misuse, coastal wetlands are now recognized as a critical natural resource worthy of protection; both federal and state laws regulate their use throughout the nation. This attractively illustrated book is a field guide to southeastern coastal wetland plants. It is designed for nonspecialists and should be useful to biologists, planners, environmental consultants, landscape architects, naturalists, and students, as well as to the average reader. Intended primarily for use along the South Atlantic and Gulf coasts (from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas), it will also be valuable as far north as New Jersey, as far south as Mexico. The book will also be useful for identifying the majority of dominant species in nontidal wetlands along the Coastal Plain, since most freshwater tidal marsh and swamp plants are not restricted to coastal wetlands. More than 250 plants of tidal marshes and swamps are fully described and illustrated, and over 200 other plants are cataloged as similar species with distinguishing characteristics given. Easy-to-use nontechnical keys guide the reader in plant identification. The author also offers an overview of coastal wetland ecology and describes the eight major types of coastal wetlands in the Southeast. He furnishes maps showingthe locations of coastal marshes and mangrove swamps from Virginia to Texas and lists places to observe coastal wetlands in each state.

Butterflies of Georgia Field Guide

Author: Jaret C. Daniels
Publisher: Adventure Publications
ISBN: 159193057X
Release Date: 2004-08-01
Genre: Nature

Butterfly identification is now simple for everyone! This handy field guide focuses on 133 species of Ohio butterflies, arranged by color. See a blue butterfly? Turn to the blue section. Perfect for backyard or field use, this book features full-color photos of each butterfly plus an illustration that points out key identification marks. Youíll learn things youíve always wondered about butterflies while easily identifying the ones that you see.

Trees of Georgia and Adjacent States

Author: Claud L. Brown
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
ISBN: 0881924806
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Nature

This field guide identifies 205 species and varieties, with plant descriptions that highlight differences between similar taxa. It also includes range maps and botanical keys for summer and winter.

A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast Gulf of Mexico

Author: Noble S. Proctor
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300113280
Release Date: 2012-01-24
Genre: Nature

DIVA uniquely comprehensive and beautiful guide to more than 600 species of fauna and flora along the coasts of the southeastern United States and the Gulf of Mexico/div