This exhaustively researched project brings together for the first time a complete listing of Alberta's rare vascular plants with detailed plant descriptions, habitat information and notes of special interest. Accompanied by numerous colour photographs, B&W illustrations and frequency maps, this text is essential for naturalists, botanists, students, and others interested in the flora of Alberta.
"This is a fascinating book which will catch the eyes of many individuals who have previously not paid much attention to the plants that grow around them....On each page the colour photographs, line drawings, coloured distribution maps, and maps of North America which depict other provinces where a species is rare or common are all most important and make this book so very attractive. The four editors and their many assistants are to be congratulated." William J. Cody, The Canadian Field-Naturalist
"This book is a marvelous addition to the literature on rare vascular plants of Alberta and certainly the most comprehensive. It is itself rare through its inclusion of descriptions, illustrations, photographs, and distribution maps with species lists of rare vascular plants. ... The North American maps are shaded to show the regions of the rarity status of plants by province and state, thereby indicating where a taxon is rare (and why) across its geographic range. This greatly expands the functionality of an Alberta-based book across North America and, certainly, into the Great Plains. Not restricted to prairie elements, the Great Plains is largely dominated by grasslands. Rare grassland species of Alberta are well represented in this book; of these, 70 percent are also rare in the Great Plains region outside of Alberta. ... The volume is a valuable resource serving both as a field guide and reference, not only for Alberta, but for all of Canada and the United States." Donna M. Cjerniawsky, Great Plains Research
"This book manages to include an astonishing amount of information in a user-friendly, relatively compact and thoroughly enjoyable package." The Blazing Star
"[E]asy and fun to use.. This work will interest life science students, faculty, land managers, and academic librarians throughout western North America." - T. Johnson, Choice
"This is a landmark publication, a beautiful book of scientific merit..." "The overall production is well organized, attractive, easy to use, and with excellent illustrations and distribution maps. It certainly is one of the best natural science books ever produced in Alberta." - Bruce P. Dancik, Director, Devonian Botanic Garden
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