Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia (Southern Gateways Guides)

Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: UNC Press

Timothy P. Spira

The University of North Carolina Press, 2011

Here is an excellent, thorough guide to wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants in the Southern Appalachians and foothills of the piedmont.  In accordance with a holistic view of the natural world, Spira, a professor of botany, the book is arranged by natural communities of the plants so that the reader has a complete picture of the ecosystem the plants' interrelationship with animals, insects, and one another.

This community perspective is very approachable and informative way to begin to understand the subtle differences in topography and the shifting representation of plant species as they change over time. In addition, Spira has chosen particular communities of various regions in which he gives further examples of the interdependency of the natural world.  He has taken many photographs for plant identification and provides a helpful glossary and index. For diving into learning about the plant life and the natural environment of this unique, precious, and oft-visited part of the country, this is the book to have.

 

"Twenty-one major plant communities are described in detail, and the refreshing and easy-to-use format allows readers to explore each of the 340 featured plants in terms of their natural history, ecology, habitat, range, and uses--where applicable. Highly recommended." -Virginia Wildlife

"Whether you are a beginning naturalist or an expert botanist, this guidebook is a useful companion on field excursions and wildflower walks, as well as a valuable reference."
-McCormick Messenger

"I have never met [Spira], but I feel indebted to him for the time and thought that went into the compilation of this wonderful new source guide. I never thought I'd see anything this good on this topic for this region in my lifetime." -Asheville Citizen Times

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