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Plants of the Rocky Mountains

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Over 1300 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens are described and illustrated. Notes on origin of name, ecology, native uses, edibility and similar species are included, as are color-coded sections to allow for quick identification.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Lone Pine Publishing
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Toni
Sep 30, 2009 Toni rated it really liked it
Shelves: landscape
This book is 4.5 stars, unfortunately that's not a choice here. This is a very useful guide -- for me the amount of detail was just right, and it gained a star from the addition of an ethnobotanical section. My only issues: 1) the plant listings are incomplete and the photos are often not good for identification (like trees with leaf closeups but no overall form, or vice versa; which would be fine for a small book to take hiking. However, 2) the book is a little too big to carry everywhere. I wi ...more
Alex
Oct 18, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plants
A great book for identifying plants in the Rocky Mountains. It is not all-encompassing, but that is hard to find in any ID guide. It is great that all of the plants have pictures next to them to give a visual aid, rather than just following a key. Unfortunately, many of the pictures are small or unclear.

I enjoyed the tidbits added about edibility and uses in native cultures. It added just a little more information than the typical guide.
Debbie Teashon
Jan 26, 2016 Debbie Teashon rated it it was amazing
I bought this book when I was doing unrelated research in Wyoming and wanted to identify the native plants of the region where I visited. A similar book by Pojar (one of the authors for Plants of the Rocky Mountains) for NW natives has been my #1 field guide back home. I wasn't disappointed by this one either. When I took a break from my research I took this field guide and camera and explored the region's wildflowers.
Bethy Miller
Nov 10, 2007 Bethy Miller rated it liked it
I carried this book with me everywhere on our trip this summer and Gordon can attest to me whipping it out at the sight of any slightly interesting looking flower. Often it had what I was looking for, but it often didn't. I feel like it was abridged. I guess I should just appreciate the pretty pictures and bring Lesica next time.
Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 Scott Cox rated it really liked it
This is a fairly extensive guide that covers trees, shrubs, wildflowers, aquatics, grass-like plants, ferns & allies, brophytes and lichens of the Rocky Mountains. Obviously, given this large scope, it only includes the most common species of each group. I used this guide to help identify one of my favorite trip flowers: the beautiful yellow Glacier Lily (Erythronium grandiflorum).
Kari
Jul 29, 2010 Kari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
This is a GREAT book. I love taking it camping and identifying different wildflowers and plants with my kids. We can find the name of the plant by searching for the picture of the plant or flower in the book. Then we can read about its characteristics, whether or not it is edible, and much more. I have learned so much about the native plants in my area and in our favorite camp spots.
Teri
Jul 29, 2013 Teri rated it it was amazing
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Super good plant guide! Love that is gives some uses of the plants, history, and is user friendly. I'll for sure be purchasing this one.
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