Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington

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Review: Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington Pamela Camp and John G. G Camp, Pamela and Gamon, John G., eds. Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2011. 408pp. Illustrated. ISBN 9780295990927 US $39.95. Paperback.

Ten percent of Washington State's 3600 vascular plants, 600 mosses, and 1000-1500 lichens are considered "at risk." In the book Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington, Pamela Camp and John G. Gamon have compiled information, photographs, and drawings of the rare plants that can be found in Washington State. As Camp, a private consultant in field biology and restoration ecology, and Gamon, a Natural Heritage Program Manager with the Department of Natural Resources, point out: "Photographic guides for native plants typically focus on the more common species, including few, if any, rare species. Perhaps by "putting faces to the names" of our rare plants, we will increase efforts to conserve them" (p.3).

This reference book seeks to rectify the fact that 150 rare plants were missing from the earlier Flora of the Pacific Northwest. Programs and agencies assisting with this project include: the Washington Natural Heritage Program, the Washington Native Plant Society, the Bureau of Land Management, and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum.

Washington has a diversity of habitat zones, nine in all, ranging from seashores to lake shores, mountains, rainforests and deserts. This field guide describes these habitat zones and the rare plants found within them. Showcased as advertised are roughly 317 vascular plants, six mosses, and one lichen. Some of these rare plants can be found in other states and are not widely found in Washington. …

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