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Plants of Alberta: Trees, Shrubs, Wildflowers, Ferns, Aquatic Plants & Grasses    by France Royer & Richard Dickinson order for
Plants of Alberta
by France Royer
Order:  USA  Can
Lone Pine, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

The province of Alberta, Canada boasts an exceptionally diverse selection of over a thousand plant species that are native to the province as well as an additional 275 species that have been introduced to the landscape. Botanist Richard Dickinson and nature photographer France Royer have combined their considerable skills to create a stunningly concise field guide filled with hundreds of colour photos and detailed descriptions of many of the trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and aquatic plant species that enrich the landscape of Alberta.

Dickinson's contribution is a short summary of each plant, that begins with its common name as well as its scientific and/or alternate designation. He goes on with a short overview of the plant, which includes a description of its leaves, flower clusters, whether it bears fruit, and its growing zone. There's also an interesting note about the species, as well as its traditional uses, particularly for those plants that are considered edible or medicinal. An extensive glossary and reference section is included. France Royer's stunning colour close-ups add to the guide's overall appeal.

Plants of Alberta is a comprehensive 528 page field guide that's packed with information and that celebrates Alberta's nine diverse Ecoregions, ranging from the Subalpine to the Boreal Subarctic to the Shortgrass - it's a must have for professional and amateur botanists alike.

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