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Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers: Commonly Seen along Highways & Bywaysby Verna E Pratt
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In the Aleutian Islands, wildflowers are king. Persistent low temperatures mean trees are unable to thrive, and so swaths of open tundra serve as the dramatic stage for a stunning variety of flowers.and#160;Wildflowers of Unalaska Islandand#160;is the only guide to this flora, covering more than 160 species of flowering plants in a backpack-friendly book.
Each species is introduced and clearly defined and is accompanied by a photograph and line drawings. Many of these plants occur across a wide range of coastal Alaska; others are unique to the Aleutians. The introduction includes background on the unique geologic history, climate, and habitats of the archipelago to fully round out the userand#8217;s appreciation of the dramatic environment in which these hardy plants thrive.
The first wildflower guide to focus on the Aleutian Islands, Wildflowers of Unalaska Island offers detailed descriptions, color photographs, and lovely, original drawings of over 160 species of flowering plants. Ideal for everyone from casual hikers to serious botanists, the guide is botanically precise, yet keeps technical terms to a minimum for ease of use and identification in the field. It is sized and designed to slip easily into a backpack and can be used as a quick field reference or more leisurely browsed.
The introduction includes background on the unique geologic history, climate, and habitats of this verdant but windswept archipelago. The ethnobotanical information on the Aleutand#151;or Unanganand#151;names and uses of the plants broadens the readerand#8217;s experience of the traditional Native culture of the region.
A guide to the most common flowers seen along roadsides and in areas easily accessible by road. This book is arranged by flower color and has color bars on the edge of pages.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 130) and index.
About the Author
Suzi Golodoff has been a resident of Unalaska Island for more than forty years. She teaches locally and offers Aleutian birding and natural history tours. She is the author of
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