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National Geographic Pocket Guide to Wildflowers of North America [Anglais] [Broché]

Catherine Herbert Howell

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1 avril 2014

With this basic beginner's field guide to North American wildflowers, all who enjoy nature and the outdoors can identify common wildflowers, from backyard weeds to dainty forest blossoms. In a logical, user-friendly, highly visual format, this new title offers key facts about 160 of the most common wildflowers and weeds, coast to coast, including Canada and Alaska. To help with identification, each of the 160 entries has both a color photograph showing the plant in context and a color illustration showing the blossom close-up. This book is the perfect starting point for anyone, young or old, interested in learning how to identify wildflowers.


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Author CATHERINE HERBERT HOWELL has been writing and editing natural history books and field guides for more than 20 years. She volunteers as a certified Master Naturalist for the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, providing nature-related programs and activities for children and adults and is a founding member of the Arlington chapter of the Children and Nature Network. She is the author of National Geographic's Flora Mirabilis.


Illustrator FERNANDO G. BAPTISTA graduated in Fine Arts from País Vasco in Spain. He worked as a graphic artist and museum exhibit creator, taught infographics at the University of Navarra, and now works as an illustrator for National Geographic magazine. Baptista has won more than 125 international awards and was named one of the five most influential infographic artists of the last 20 years. Illustrator JENNY WANG was trained in medical and biological illustration at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Her areas of focus include scientific illustration, biomedical visualization, and information design. 

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Much Substance To This Field Guide 1 avril 2014
Par ladyfingers - Publié sur Amazon.com
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One criteria of a good field guide is ease of identification. While this little pocket guide categorizes 160 of the most common wildflowers by color, there's only one plant/photo per page. It's no fun fumbling through pages trying to find a mystery flower match. Worse yet, because there are more than 2,000 North American wildflowers, chances are good that mystery flower isn't even included in the National Geographic pocket guide!

A more helpful idea would be to combine many flowers of the same color on one page for easy comparison and identification. My bible for wildflower ID remains National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers--E: Eastern Region - Revised Edition (National Audubon Society Field Guides). Audubon breaks down wildflowers into two very compact-sized field guide books (Eastern and Western regions). Both books can easily fit into any small backpack. There are typically 4-6 photos per page spread, and flowers are sorted by both color and shape to make identification quick, easy and certain. Photos are all in the front section of each book and plant descriptions are in back sections. My Eastern field guide covers more than 600 species in full detail, with notes on more than 400 others, and the book is over 800 pages. It also includes distinctive grasses, sedges and rushes. The Audubon photos are superior to those found in the National Geographic pocket guide. One regional field guide costs just a few dollars more than the National Geographic pocket guide.

Many of the flower facts found in National Geographic's pocket guide are interesting and new to me, but overall I find the book lacking. It reminds me of a coffee-table book only in field guide form. Not recommended to anyone who is serious about wildflower identification.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Take time to stop and smell the dandelions 1 avril 2014
Par Mary Esterhammer-Fic - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This handy little book makes wildflower identification a walk in the park.

You don't have to lug a big field guide on your hikes--just slip this little handbook into your jacket pocket and you're good to go. Flowers are grouped by color, which allows you to quickly identify a flower. The author has included a photograph and a drawing for each of the 160 species mentioned. This helps a lot, because the illustration includes a lot of detail for an individual plant, while the photograph shows what you may typically see the the field. And that field is not limited to region, but includes the continental US and Canada.

I like that there's also basic information regarding wildflowers, which explains weeds, invasives, and the basic structure of a flower.

There is also a section on poisonous species, which is helpful if you plan to actually stray off the beaten path.

Each page features a specific flower, with a little fact box offering a description, its range, habitat and bloom period. The author then has a nice, clear explanation of how and where to actually find the flower, as well as a bit of lore regarding traditional uses or similar species. (It's interesting that some of them are named after parasites--like tickseed and fleabane.)

This book is fully indexed and the binding looks sturdy, which is important for any book that doesn't sit on your shelf but rather goes places with you.

A few caveats:

*Because the book is small and easy to flip through, this is no big deal, but if the margins of the pages had little color-codes, you could find your target section more easily.

*North America, here, doesn't include Mexico. If you're planning on a little day trip while vacationing in Cancun, this book probably wouldn't be a good choice.

*There aren't any carnivorous plants, which do have flowers and are found in North America. I know this is a basic and brief guide, but if you want to get really serious about wildflower identification, you may want to back this up with that big field guide I mentioned earlier.

This is definitely worth having if you like to hike or camp, or if you are considering adding a wildflower garden to your yard. You can eventually add books that give you more detail on finding or cultivating wildflowers, but this is great if your interest is just beginning to bloom.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Probably good for much of North America, not great for Florida 13 mai 2014
Par nsv - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ah, Florida. One thing you have to admit: we have a lot of... uh... flowers! (We've got a lot of other stuff too, but you don't need a guidebook for that.) We have so many flowers, in fact, that a great many of them cannot be found in this book.

I have lived in a few other states and going through this book brings back many memories of the wildflowers there. It seems like you'll probably have pretty good luck with this guide if you're not in growing zones 9, 10, or 11.

Starting a search in this guide is pretty easy. Turn to the inside front cover to find the pages you'll need by flower color (or for poisonous plants) and then flip through those pages to find the photograph of the flower you're searching for. (NatGeo: that process could be made easier and quicker by putting color codes on the page edges!) The color photos and botanical drawings are a fairly good size and I rarely have to squint to see that this isn't the flower I'm looking for, either.

Generally when I identify something I find a photo that looks like that thing, then I glance at the range map to see if it can be found in my area. It's a good plan... but in this book there are no range maps. There are written descriptions, which are not as easily processed. For me, this slows an already frustrating search.

The flower descriptions are surprisingly good, especially when you consider they're only about 120 words each. They not only describe the parts of the plant, but sometimes include unusual life cycle stages or information about the butterflies that feed on the plant. Habitat and bloom period are also included in the Key Facts section next to the photo.

There is a Poisonous section (containing eastern poison ivy, Atlantic poison oak, and poison sumac) and a short section on exotic invasives.

The book itself is sturdy and fits easily in a large pocket. There are creases in the front and back covers to allow you to force the book open to a particular page without cracking the spine. The page corners are rounded, which means I can stuff the book into a pocket without catching on the corners or damaging them.

If this book contained the information I needed it would be absolutely fantastic. It is definitely going with me whenever I venture back into the colder areas of the country. But because the number of species has to be limited in order to make a book that isn't too heavy or thick to carry, it might be better to produce guides for each region, rather than to try to cover all of North America in one tiny book. If NatGeo did that, and if they included range maps instead of (or with) descriptions, I'd have to give six stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good guide for the beginner 5 mai 2014
Par Phillip O. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a concise pocket guide that helps you identify 160 wildflowers throughout the United States. The entries are arranged by color and covers key facts about the plant, how it has been used and range and habitats. The major wildflowers seem to be covered here but the book is not going to cover all of them. This is a guide for the general user and beginner. More comprehensive guides would be suggested for more serious wildflower hunters.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 real pocket guide designed to go in your pocket 1 avril 2014
Par bandazar - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The design of the field guide is thin and has rounded edges. Perfect for fitting in a large pocket. However, because it is relatively thin, it can only include so much information in the book. This is not a detailed guide for wild flowers, but is something that you'd take more out in nature itself. The book is sorted by colors, so it should be relatively easy to look up a wild flower.
You're probably not going to find flowers that people grow in their gardens in their book (like roses and tulips). These are strictly wild flowers from north america. And you probably won't find flowers that grow on trees either, as it appears that the flowers they only detail in this book are ground flowers.
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