Many years ago, I bought my first plant photo identification book, Wildflowers of the Southeastern United States by Wilbur Duncan and Duncan Foote. Now tattered and worn, I have carried it far and wide through the eastern United States and have used it extensively along with the numerous other guides that I have acquired over the years. Unfortunately, it was out of print several years later. Nothing on the market filled the void until the publication of the Wildflowers of the Eastern United States. I am glad to see that it has been expanded to include all the states east of the Mississippi except for parts of south Florida.
This new volume is well laid out with photos and descriptions of 631 species as well as comparisons with an additional 500 species that are not photographed. Each photograph shows the important characters of each species and a text description allows for easy identification. Plant families are arranged phylogenetically. All major families of wildflowers are represented.
My only major complaint with the book is that, within each family, the genera and species descriptions are not listed alphabetically which makes quick lookups impossible. A bibliography of additional references would have been appreciated.
This is one book that cannot be left on the shelf. It should be carried into the field along with other botanical identification guides previously published by the University of Georgia Press.
Other books published by the University of Georgia that cover the southeastern United States include:
- Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Northern Florida and Adjacent Georgia and Alabama by Robert Godfrey, 1988
- Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Southeastern United States (2 volumes) by R. K. Godfrey and J. W. Wooten, 1979 and 1981