This 184-page book provides illustrations and key details to identify 138 of Nebraska's forbs, shrubs and cacti. Written by James Stubbendieck, UNL professor of grassland ecology, and Kay Kottas, UNL ecological research specialist, 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.