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Plants of the Chesapeake Bay

Paperback
, 232 pages

208 color photos, 1 map

ISBN:
9781421404981
June 2012
$27.95

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Plants of the Chesapeake Bay

A Guide to Wildflowers, Grasses, Aquatic Vegetation, Trees, Shrubs, and Other Flora

Buttonbush. Hercules’ Club. Panic Grass. Tearthumb. Beach Spurge. Sea Rocket. Ladies’ Tresses. These name a few of the wild and wonderful plants found in this quick reference guide to plants of the Chesapeake Bay.

Written by wetland scientists with decades of experience in the Bay’s waterways, this guide includes detailed descriptions and beautiful photographs of the plants most commonly found in the Chesapeake Bay. Grasses, trees, wildflowers, aquatic vegetation—if it grows in the tidal or nearshore regions of the Bay, chances are it is in this book, the features of which include

• over 200 illustrations• information on more than 100 species of plants• clear, accessible descriptions of each plant accompanied by close-up photographs for quick, accurate identification• discussion of where to find each plant, how they reproduce, and how humans use them• easy-to-follow organization by habitat

The guide’s vivid text and photographs make the wide array of plants along the waters, marshes, and shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay easy to identify and wondrous to behold. Its compact, portable design encourages naturalists, local residents, boaters, researchers, and the curious-minded alike to throw the guide in their pack and explore the botanical bounty of the Chesapeake Bay.

Lytton John Musselman is the Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany and manager of the Blackwater Ecologic Preserve at Old Dominion University. He is author of A Dictionary of Bible Plants and Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh: Plants of the Bible and the Quran. David A. Knepper is an environmental scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

" Plants of the Chesapeake Bay deserves shelf space in the library of every Chesapeake boater who would like to understand how our Bay's ecosystem works."

" Plants of the Chesapeake Bay is a beautiful book covering a beautiful region."

"Dr. Musselman is a passionate botanist. Walking among plant life makes him very happy, which means he is happy most of the time, except when riding in a car stuck in a long tunnel. He will stop people on the street to tell them some great news from the plant world."

"The delightful book Plants of the Chesapeake Bay is absolutely the most readable flora I have seen. It is a really unique flora among floras. The layout is excellent and captivating."

"Plants of the Chesapeake Bay pairs state of the art photographs with in-depth knowledge of the plants unique to the Bay. The guide is developed logically and appropriately to what the Bay presents as various ecosystems. Beautifully written, coherent, instructive, and inclusive, with matchless photos of plants in their native habitats: The Perfect gift for the Bay-Wise explorer."

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