This 191-page book provides illustrations and key details to identify 138 of Nebraska's forbs, shrubs and cacti. Written by Cheryl Dunn, Mitchell Stephenson and James Stubbendieck, this guide is a valuable resource for research, study or pleasure.
The book is divided into four major sections: introductory text and illustrated guide to plant identification; and sections composed of plant descriptions of forbs, cacti and shrubs.
The forbs section is divided into six categories:
The introductory section includes illustrations to guide the reader on identifying and differentiating plant parts. Each of the other sections includes plant illustrations and descriptions. Plant descriptions include: common and species name, growth form; life span, origin, flowering period; height; inflorescence characteristics (type, flowers, fruits, seeds), vegetative characteristics (leaves, stems, underground plant parts); distribution and habitat and uses and values (forage, establishment, restoration, wildlife, ornamental). Illustrations usually include the whole plant plus close-ups of plant parts significant to its identification.
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