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Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region
A Comprehensive Field Guide
Second Edition
Merel R. Black and Emmet J. Judziewicz

“This accurate, usable guide to our flora will undoubtedly find its way into the backpacks of many a naturalist.”
—Thomas A. Meyer, conservation biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 

Describing more than 1,100 species, this is a comprehensive guide to wildflowers in Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Ontario. A new introduction to this second edition discusses wildflowers in the context of their natural communities. Packed with detailed information, this field guide is compact enough to be handy for outdoors lovers of all kinds, from novice naturalists to professional botanists. It includes: 

• more than 1,100 species from 459 genera in 100 families • many rare and previously overlooked species • Includes wildflowers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Ontario • 2,100 color photographs and 300 drawings • Wisconsin distribution maps for almost all plants • brief descriptions including distinguishing characteristics of the species • Wisconsin status levels for each species of wildflower (native, invasive, endangered, etc.) • derivation of Latin names 

Merel R. Black has been an honorary fellow in botany at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. She manages the “Plants of Wisconsin” Web site. Emmet J. Judziewicz is associate professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and curator of vascular plants at the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium.

• 2008 paperback, Cornerstone Press

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The cover of Wildflowers is white, with a purple image of a wildflower, screened back behind a color collage of wildflower photos.

March 2009

LC: 2008043121 Q
320 pp.   6 x 9
2,100 color photos, 300 drawings,
1,085 range maps

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“No other manual combines the accessible approach with the species coverage of this book. Accurate and highly usable, it will likely become the wildflower field guide of choice for our region.”—Andrew L. Hipp, the Morton Arboretum, author of Sedges of Wisconsin

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