Colorado Flora: Western Slope describes the
remarkable flora of the state, distinctive in its altitudinal
range, numerous microhabitats, and ancient and rare plants.
Together with Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope, Fourth
Edition, these volumes are designed to educate local amateurs
and professionals in the recognition of vascular plant species and
encourage informed stewardship of our biological heritage.
These thoroughly revised and updated editions reflect current
taxonomic knowledge. The authors describe botanical features of
this unparalleled biohistorical region and its mountain ranges,
basins, and plains and discuss plant geography, giving detailed
notes on habitat, ecology, and range. The keys contain interesting
anecdotes and introductions for each plant family. The book is
rounded out with historical background of botanical work in the
state, suggested readings, glossary, index to scientific and common
names, references, and hundreds of illustrations. The books also
contain a new contribution from Donald R. Farrar and Steve J.
Popovich on moonworts. The fourth editions of Colorado Flora:
Eastern Slope and Colorado Flora: Western Slope are
ideal for both student and scientist and essential for readers
interested in Colorado's plant life.