Canada is fortunate to have the dedicated team of botanists who have put together this series of books. Each guide covers a geographic region and provides a detailed description of the plant life, from trees and shrubs to lichens and mosses. Every species has one or two clear photographs and a full description. One unusual feature is the very detailed accounts of traditional native uses for each plant (and almost every plant seems to have been used). They are very useful as field guides and the flexible water-resistant covers holds up in the often soggy conditions of the northwest.

My only complaint is that there are too few maps, just one (ridiculously) small overall vegetation type map in the beginning (except for Plants of the Northwest Coast, which has a map for each species).


Books from Lone Pine Press
Plants of the Rocky Mountains, by Linda Kershaw, Andy MacKinnon, Jim Pojar
Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest, by Roberta Parish, Ray Coupe, Dennis Lloyd
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland, by Derek Johnson, Linda Kershaw, Andy MacKinnon, Jim Pojar
Plants of Coastal British Columbia, including Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska, by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon
Plants of Northern British Columbia, by Andy MacKinnon, Jim Pojar, Ray Coupe

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