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A field guide to 200 of the Carolinas' beautiful wildflowers!
Full-page photos and descriptions make this the best guide to the Carolinas' wildflowers
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Nora Bowers is a writer and photographer. A member of the North American Nature Photography Association, Nora’s credits include Birder’s World Magazine, as well as many books and calendars. She is coauthor of field guides for several states. Rick Bowers is a photographer, naturalist, and writer. He has been photographing nature for more than 35 years. Rick’s photo credits span the gamut, from National Geographic to local publications. He is coauthor of field guides for several states. Stan Tekiela is a naturalist, wildlife photographer, and writer and is the originator of the popular state-specific field guide series. Stan has authored more than 190 educational books, including field guides, quick guides, nature books, children’s books, playing cards and more, presenting many species of animals and plants. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 30 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and Canada. He has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in more than 25 newspapers, and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. Stan can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Family: Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae)
Height: 8-36" (20-91 cm)
Flower: loose round or cylindrical cluster, 2-5 1/2" (5-14 cm) wide, of 18-60 pink flowers; each flower, 1/2" (1 cm) wide, crown of 5 scoop-shaped petals (“hoods”) and 5 inward-curving pointed petals (“horns”), 5 downward-pointing lobes; single cluster per plant
Leaf: broadly oval, 3-6" (7.5-15 cm) long, dark green, blunt ends, deeply wavy margin
Fruit: okra-shaped curved green seedpod, turning reddish green, 4-5" (10-13 cm) long, splits along 1 side to release many flattened seeds; each seed attached to white hair-like fuzz that becomes airborne
Cycle/Origin: perennial; native
Habitat: dry sandy soils, old fields, open woods, roadsides
Notes: Erect unopened seedpods at the top of the stem resemble slightly curved, reddish candles on a candelabrum. American Indians used the hair-like fuzz from ripe pods as diaper padding. Also known as Bluntleaf Milkweed, this plant can be differentiated from other milkweed species by its very wavy leaves that clasp the stalk. The single reddish green stem is unbranched, hollow and exudes a milky sap when cut.
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