Elisabeth C. Miller Library

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Knowledgebase record #173

Wild Orchids of the Pacific Northwest & Canadian Rockies by Paul Martin Brown, 2006

Reviewed by: Brian Thompson
Review date: 2007-10-01

A field guide "to assist the user in identifying" the wild orchids throughout an expansion of our region that includes Alaska and western Alberta and Montana. Author Paul Martin Brown, of the University of Florida, has a series of similar titles covering all of North America except for the southwest; however he has clearly spent considerable time in our region. Appendices brim with reference materials, many trying to untangle the nomenclature of our orchids, but more romantic is the "Orchid Hunting" section with tips such as "watch for small, shaded cemeteries along the way." Essays such as "The Correct Name for the Northwestern Twayblade" add to this slightly eccentric but fun book.

Excerpted from the Fall 2007 Arboretum Bulletin.

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