Legumes of the Great Plains: An Illustrated Guide (Hardcover)
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Legumes of the Great Plains: An Illustrated Guide is an invaluable tool for the identification of more than 114 species of legumes in the Great Plains. In addition to a distribution map, botanical illustration, and an in-depth botanical description, this comprehensive guide describes the habitat, uses and values, pollinators, forage value for livestock and wildlife, toxic properties, and ethnobotany of each species. The botanical synonyms and other common names—including those used by the Great Plains Indians—are also provided. This volume includes more than one hundred similar species with a description of how each differs from the main species.
This reference book is indispensable to anyone interested in grassland and prairie conservation and management, the Great Plains, botany, or modern taxonomy.
About the Author
James Stubbendieck is director emeritus of the Center for Great Plains Studies and professor emeritus of grassland ecology in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Jessica L. Milby is a plant identification specialist and a range and forage research technologist at the University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.
"Stubbendieck and Milby (both, Univ. of Nebraska) have produced a high quality, comprehensive key for Great Plains legumes. The volume reviews the general climate, geology, soils, prairie habitat, abundance, and value of legumes to wildlife, Native Americans, and livestock, providing descriptions and line drawings of general legume characteristics. . . . The volume also includes a brief glossary, a list of abbreviations for nomenclatural authorities, and selected references. Detailed and comprehensive, this volume is sure to satisfy specialists in legumes, botanical taxonomy, or Great Plains grasslands."—S. T. Meiers, Choice