"A comprehensive and long-overdue look at one of the continent’s outstanding orchid floras."--Brian Cassie, author, National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England
"Too many of us only think of orchids as tropical and subtropical plants. Brown's guide is a must for anyone with an interest in orchids or the flora of this region. For those not interested in orchids, be warned that this book will go a long way toward developing an interest (some say an addiction) in these fascinating plants."--David Campbell, professional photographer
More than 60 native orchid species can be found in the fields and forests of the Canadian Maritimes and shorelines of the Northern Great Lakes, and this indispensable guide is your key to finding them all! Wild orchid expert and author Paul Martin Brown provides essential information, making it easy for both novices and experienced orchid hunters alike to find what they need quickly and efficiently. No other field guide has ever covered these regions so completely.
Each species and variety is colorfully illustrated with photographs, a diagnostic line drawing and a distribution map, as well as a complete description of the habitat, range, and flowering time. Specific attention has been made to the numerous growth and color forms and a full, detailed list of synonyms for each species is included in a separate section. Simple, straightforward keys assist in identification so that removal of plants from the wild is unnecessary. New concepts in taxonomy and the place of hybrids are discussed and further aided by a comprehensive list of recent literature references and a bibliography.
Geographical coverage includes:
--Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and southeastern Quebec
--Ontario’s northern shores of Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Ontario
--10 detailed area treatments: Northern Shore of Lake Superior; Isle Royale; Timmins and the Polar Bear Express; Anticosti and the Mingan Islands; The Gaspe: Bic, Mt. Albert, Bonaventure Island; New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island; southwestern Nova Scotia; Cape Breton; western Newfoundland; Cape Norman, Burnt Cape, and Cook's Harbour; The Mystery of Tilt Cove
--55 species, 8 varieties, 72 forms, 7 hybrids
Paul Martin Brown is a research associate with the University of Florida Herbarium at the Florida Natural History Museum in Gainesville, Florida. Stan Folsom is a watercolorist and botanical illustrator.
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"Essential for botany collections and highly recommended for all American natural history collections."
"An excellent identification guide for lay readers and botanists alike. . . a premier guide for taking on the trail."
--Mid West Book Review
"Possibly the most erudite book ever compiled concerning the orchide of the Maritimes. . . A bible for the orchidist to enjoy regardless of the season."
--North American Native Orchid Journal
…a unique field guide that could entice the reader into a vacation trip as unique as the many different orchids found in this region.