This authoritative field guide, illustrates and describes more than 190 species of wildflowers, shrubs, trees and weeds that occur commonly throughout the Islands as well as the nearby Gulf Islands and southern Vancouver Island, Canada. The plant descriptions are divided by habitats-meadows, open rocky outcrops, woodlands, maritime, fresh water, disturbed sites, Mt. Constitution -- under which they are listed by type, then color. The text also includes information on how the climate, topography and geology of the Islands affect plant life.
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Composed of everything from volcanic island arcs and deep ocean sediments, to parts of old continents and even pieces of the deep subcrustal mantle of the earth, Washington's North Cascade region is a true geologic mosaic. Here, authors Tabor and Haugerud reveal that the spectacular scenery of these mountains is matched by equally spectacular geology.
Don't just call it a mushroom when it's a golden chanterelle; know your screech owl from your saw-whet owl; distinguish a monarch butterfly from a painted lady -- all with the help of this comprehensive guide to the common plants and animals of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.