In this comprehensive volume Donald D. Cox gathers substantial data on simple field plants in Eastern North America and with great clarity he studies their profound impact on regional ecosystems and the ecology of the earth. This includes origins and types of soils and how these soils relate to vegetation: climate and human culture; plants and fungi growth in fields; adaptations for survival: field plant reproduction and seed dispersal; and toxic, medicinal. and edible plants that flourish in fields. Cox provides complete and accurate details for readers interested in collecting and/or preserving field plants. He focuses on field conservation and habitat preservation throughout the book. A final chapter offers special projects and investigations for those who wish to go a step beyond collecting and identifying plants. This book is an indispensable reference for professional and amateur naturalists as well as students and the general public.
A special chapter provides nontechnical investigations and projects for those pursuing areas beyond the realm of gathering and identifying flora. Conservation and habitat preservation are emphasized throughout the book." "Illustrated, informative, and easy to read, this hands-on guide will prove an accessible and invaluable companion to professional and amateur naturalists as well as to students and the general public."--BOOK JACKET.
Bringing together a wide range of information about the forests of eastern North America, the coverage of this book includes the origins and types of soils and their relationships to vegetation, climate and human culture, the members of the plant kingdom and the fungi found in forests, and more.
"Creating a compendium of wide-ranging information about seashore ecology, Cox describes the origins of the oceans, tides, wind belts, and land plants. He includes the types of plants that grow near the seashore; adaptations that help plants survive in seashore habitats; poisonous, medicinal, and edible plants of the ocean and seashore; seasonal changes in the seashore habitat; and methods of naming plants including the folklore of common names.".