Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests
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Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests

A Field Guide
Michael A. Homoya
Foreword by Marion T. Jackson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/4/2011
Format: paper 464 pages, 520 color illus., 40 b&w illus., 2 maps
4.25 x 8.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-22325-8
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This beautifully illustrated guide identifies nearly 300 common plants in Indiana’s most prominent ecosystem—the Eastern Deciduous Forest. For ease of identification, the plants are arranged by flower color or growth form, providing a convenient way to distinguish a great majority of plants in any given woodland. Generous treatment is given to all major vascular plant groups of the forest, such as wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, trees, grasses, and sedges. Michael A. Homoya not only helps with identification, but also offers information on a plant’s habitat, flowering period, familial relationships, biology, and connections to Indiana. For the garden enthusiast and habitat restorer, there is a section on landscaping and natural community restoration using native forest plants.

A portion of the proceeds from each sale of this book go to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for land protection and stewardship.

Author Bio

Michael A. Homoya has served as botanist/plant ecologist for the Division of Nature Preserves, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, since 1982. He is author of Orchids of Indiana (IUP, 1993).


"[A] helpful, compact fieldguide. . . . In all, it's a useful book; and its size will allow hikers to carry it in a day pack. It's not exhaustive but certainly comprehensive enough for most weekend hikers and plant lovers." —www.dailyjournal.net

"[This] easy-to-use guide is perfect for the novice nature explorer or the garden enthusiast. There's even a section on landscaping and natural habitat restoration using native forest plants." —Northern Indiana Lakes

"Kudos to Mike Homoya for giving us another volume that demands a space on the bookshelf of every native plant enthusiast." —INPAWS

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Marion T. Jackson
State Flower
List of Common Forest Plants of Indiana
Introduction: Purpose and Plan for the Book
Indiana: An Overview
Natural Regions
Major Forest Types
Conservation and Threats
Using This Guide
The Plants
Shrubs and Woody Vines
Herbaceous Wildflowers
Sedges and Rushes
Landscaping and Restoration with Native Forest Plants
Recommended Reading
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