A Naturalist's Guide to Forest Plants: An Ecology for Eastern North America

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Syracuse University Press, Oct 1, 2003 - Nature - 212 pages
Donald D. Cox brings together a wide range of information about the forests of eastern North America, including the origins and types of soils and their relationships to vegetation, climate, and human culture; the members of the plant kingdom and the fungi that are found in forests; the methods by which forest plants reproduce and disperse their seeds; and toxic, medicinal, and edible plants that grow in forests. Cox provides complete and accurate details for those readers who are interested in collecting forest plants and preserving plant collections. For readers who wish to go a step beyond identifying and collecting plants, the final chapter describes non-technical investigations, activities, and projects. The author emphasizes forest conservation and habitat preservation throughout this invaluable book.
 

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Contents

The Forest as an Ecosystem
1
Types of Plants
21
Adaptations for Survival
43
Soil Climate and Vegetation
57
How and Where Trees Grow
67
Through the Year
75
Plants of Special Interest
94
Naming and Collecting Plants
125
Activities and Investigations
151
Glossary
173
Bibliography and Further Reading
177
Index
183
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About the author (2003)

Donald A. Cox is the author of A Naturalist's Guide to Field Plants, A Naturalist's Guide to Wetland Plants, and A Naturalist's Guide to Seashore Plants, all published by Syracuse University Press.

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