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Basically written to assist fish culturists. Simple black and white line drawings.
Amaral, M.C.E., Bettrich, V., Faria, A.D., Anderson, L.O., Aona, L.Y. 2008.
Guia de Campo para Plantas Aquaticas e Palustres do Estado de Sao Paulo.
Serie Manuais Praticos em Biologia 4, Holos, Editora LTDA-ME, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 452 pp. (In Portuguese)
“The purpose of this field guide is to provide botanical, soils and habitat information to aid in the identification of the major wetland communities of Florida as depicted on National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) maps.” NWI mapping symbology is used to correlate NWI products for the state of Florida. Approximately 130 species are described with color photographs, common
names, descriptions, habitats, soils, wetland specificity, community types, special notes and diagnostic features.
Native Trees of South Florida including: Everglades & Biscayne National Parks, Big Cypress National Preserve & the Florida Keys. Common and Scientific Names. Field Identification Guide #2.
Field Guides, Homestead, FL, 4 pp.
This field guide of 43 native trees found in South Florida natural areas includes a close-up photograph of each tree’s branches and leaves plus a short text describing the distinctive features and habitats. Common and scientific names are under each photograph. The format is a 4-page laminated foldout (8 ½” x 11”) easily carried in the field.
Minnesota Non-Native Terrestrial Plants. An Identification Guide for Resource Managers.
Trails and Waterways Division, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, Minnesota, 75 pp.
This photo-identification deck (4 ¼” x 5 3/8”) is “designed to guide natural resource managers in the identification of the most invasive, non-native terrestrial plants known to date in Minnesota.” The thumbnail sketch of each of the thirty-five plants includes suggested control methods, a description of the plant’s appearance, leaves, flowers, the ecological threat and a color photo. It is spiral-bound and waterproof.
This weed id/field guide was developed “to help Southern producers attain better control of problem weeds that compete with valuable crops. Early identification of annual and perennial grasses and broadleaf and aquatic weeds allows producers to select the proper herbicide or combination of herbicides to control pests economically.” The 3 ¾” x 7” manual is spiral-bound and waterproof.
A nicely illustrated, easy to read booklet prepared for use with TVA’s Teacher/Student and Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Network. It depicts common aquatic animals and plants
found in lakes, rivers and streams in the Tennessee Valley. Not intended as a comprehensive guide.
The photo identification deck (3½” x 5½”) of non-native North Dakota plants is a quick reference field guide based on flower color. In addition to photographs, there is information on plant features, distribution (habitat) and interesting facts (toxicity, allelpathy, etc.) It is spiral-bound and waterproof.
This photo-card identification deck (3” x 5”) is for field use to identify six of Florida’s most harmful natural area weeds, including Old World Climbing Fern, Cogon Grass, Tropical Soda Apple, and others. Other information includes chemical control with various herbicides. It is waterproof and held together by a grommet in one corner.
“A standard compendium of information on aquatics” originally published by Cambridge University Press. Reviewed in 1920 as “a pioneer work which will prove indispensable to the botanical student, as it may be also stimulating to a wide range of nature-students.” (Journal of Botany 58:298.) Line drawings.
A guide to the identification of the aquatic ferns and flowering plants of Australia, both native and naturalized. A taxonomic guide beautifully illustrated by the author.
A “user friendly” reference with common-language botanical descriptions and exceptional photographs (averaging 3 photos per species) useful for scientists and the general public alike.
Many species covered are found outside of South Carolina as well.
Bargeron, C.T., C.W. Evans, D.J. Moorhead, K. Douce, et al, Technical Coordinators. 2007.
Invasive Plants of the United States: Identification, Biology and Control.
USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, Morgantown, WV, FHTET-07-03, DVD-rom.
Keys, annotated check-list, and distribution maps by county. No plant illustrations or photographs.
A beautifully illustrated manual with keys, descriptive flora, and general comments on distribution in North Carolina and the contiguous United States. Habitat data is presented, using
bar graphs, in terms of pH, chloride content, organic matter content and specific conductance of the water.
Beal, E.O., J.W. Thieret. 1986.
Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Kentucky.
Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, Frankfort, Scientific and Technical Series Number 5. 314 pp.
Keys, descriptive flora, distribution maps, notes on habitat, overall range and biology and fine line drawings are included in this identification guide.
Bonilla-Barbosa, J.R., A. Novelo Retana. 1995.
Manual de Identificacion de Plantas Acuaticas del Parque Nacional Lagunas de Zempoala, Mexico.
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. 169 pp. (in Spanish)
This volume contains descriptions of the morphology and vegetation of seven Mexican lakes, including descriptions of 66 aquatic plant species. Approximately 50 color photographs.
Covers about 90 plants using plant drawings for identification, produced by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership and the University of Wisconsin Extension Service. Written for the benefit of the interested layperson, the plants are arranged in sections: emergent, free-floating, floating-leaf and submersed plants, and native, exotic and rare plants are identified.
Bove, C.P. and Paz, J. 2009.
Guia de Campo das Plantas Aquaticas do Parque Nacional da Restinga de Jurubatiba, Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
Museu Nacional, Serie Livros 35, Rio de Janeiro. 176 pp. (In Portuguese).
This is a field guide for identifying the aquatic plants of the lakes of the Parque Nacional da Restinga de Jurubatiba, located in the coastal zone of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The guide is in Portuguese; and, it is spiral-bound, with water-resistant color-coded pages. Plants are grouped by their growth form: fixed submersed; free submersed; free floating; fixed floating; emergent; and, amphibious and taxonomic family. Numerous photographs aid in identification of the almost 100 aquatic species.
98 plant species are described and beautifully illustrated. Distribution maps and diagnostic keys are included.
Distribution maps, very nice line drawings, and keys accompany plant descriptions. Includes an interesting section on evolution in aquatic plants. Highly technical terminology has been avoided.
Brooks, R.E., L.A. Hauser. 1981.
Aquatic Vascular Plants of Kansas I: Submersed and Floating Leaved Plants.
Technical Publication No. 7 of the State Biological Survey of Kansas, the University of Kansas. 71 pp.
Keys and detailed descriptive treatments of the aquatic plants of Kansas, with black and white photographs and distribution maps by county.
Bugbee, G.J., Balfour, M.E., Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. 2010.
Connecticut Invasive Aquatic And Wetland Plants Identification Guide
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Department Of Environmental Sciences, New Haven, Connecticut; Bulletin No. 1027, Booklet, 37 Pp.
This guide is intended to provide information on the identification and distribution of the 22 aquatic plants listed as invasive or potentially invasive by the Connecticut General Statute (Sec. 22a-381d). The sale of these plants, with the exception of common water-hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) and water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes), is also banned by State Statute and their transport is limited to activities associated with control and education.
This checklist could serve as an historical account of cultivated exotic plants in Florida at some point in time because every woody plant on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s
(http://www. fleppc.org/) Category 1 list is listed as a cultivated plant in this book. The authors state, “By the industrious efforts of plant enthusiasts and importers, and the appropriate niches awaiting suitably selected species, the abundance of the world’s flora is well sampled in Florida.” (Remember, this was in 1988!)
Ecological importance, keys and descriptions, importance to fishing and economic value, with fine line drawings.
Carlton, J.M. 1975.
A Guide to Common Florida Salt Marsh and Mangrove Vegetation.
Florida Department of Natural Resources, Marine Research Laboratory, Research Publication No. 6, St. Petersburg, 30 pp. Online at http://aquacomm.fcla.edu/767/1/FMRP006.pdf.
Color photographs and distribution maps, as well as a section on Factors affecting distribution and abundance,’ make this a useful reference for the tidal Potomac River.
This handbook is about aquatic weeds in canals of Portugal; it is a well-designed tool for new managers. It pictures a number of aquatic weeds in chapters on algae, bryophytes, aquatic
ferns, and about 30 higher plants. The plants are well-described, with some good color photos and a number of good line-drawings. The book goes beyond plant identification and thoroughly
describes the water transport system in Portugal, aquatic weed problems and their control.
Line drawings and distribution maps, as well as brief information about wildlife value, are included in this book.
This field guide presents detailed descriptions, photographs, drawings, maps, habitat information, and management guidelines for more than 200 rare plant species and 150 rare animal species. Available in hardcopy form as two separate books, one for animals and one for plants, in 3-ring binders convenient for rearranging species accounts. Also available online at http://www.fnai.org/fieldguide/.
“A complete, illustrated guide to the aquatic and wetland plants of the Upper Midwest.” Family keys, a section which describes wetland types, an illustrated glossary and a plant list that shows each plant’s “wetland indicator status”. Includes descriptions of more than 900 species, each illustrated with a line drawing. The drawings are generally good, having been adapted from various other publications, but they are small. There are no photos.
Cho, H.J. (ED.), Spence, D., Dahl, J., Jarrett, R., Prajapati, I. 2014.
Plants Of Retention Ponds And Drainage Ditches: The Greater Daytona Beach Area
Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida; 196 pp.
The 196-page field guide by Dr. Cho et al. offers excellent photographs of freshwater native and non-native plants found in and around urban water bodies – storm water retention/detention basins, drainage ditches and associated wetlands. Plant surveys were largely done in the Greater Daytona Beach Florida urban area; however, some surveys covered areas in Deland and Deltona. In the field guide the plants are arranged by zones, from obligate wetland plants to facultative upland and upland species. Of the over 140 plants in the book, each plant has a page with several photographs for identification, as well as the taxonomy, growth form, native or not native status and comments with information unique to the plant.
Clark, J.L., Neill, D.A. and Asanza, M. 2006.
Floristic Checklist of the Mache-Chindul Mountains of Northwestern Ecuador.
Smithsonian Institution Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 54:1-180.
An inventory of the vascular plants of the Mache-Chindul Mountains is presented from collecting expeditions beginning in 1991 to present. The Mache-Chindul Mountains reach an elevation of 800 meters and are located in northwestern Ecuador in the southernmost part of the province of Esmeraldas (00º21’N 79º44’W) and the northernmost part of the province of Manabí (00º25’S 79º57’W). The Pacific Ocean lies 20-30 km due west and the equator transects the middle of this mountain range. The Mache-Chindul range occupies about 400 km2 and harbors the last large tract of coastal wet forest in Ecuador, an area less than 4% of its original size. Important protected areas include the Reserva Ecológica MacheChindul, Bilsa Biological Station, Bosque Protector Cerro Pata de Pájaro, and the Reserva Lalo Loor. An inventory of the 6,000 collections made from the region has resulted in the enumeration of 1,346 vascular plant taxa that are native to the study area; non-native and introduced species were not heavily sampled and nearly 2,400 collections (40%) are only determined to genus. A biogeographic analysis is presented based on 1,318 native species. A total of 162 species (12%) are endemic to the western lowlands of coastal Ecuador. The Mache-Chindul flora shares 865 species (66%) with the lowlands of Amazonia, across the barrier of the Andes, and 957 species (73%) are shared with the Chocó region of coastal Colombia. A total of 814 species (61%) extend farther to the north into Mesoamerica. The botanical explorations in the Mache-Chindul Mountains have resulted in the publication of two new monotypic genera and 33 species recently described as new to science. An annotated list of species by (family is given that includes the publication citation, a representative specimen, elevation range, habitat preference, and phytogeographic region for each species. (Description is from the abstract of the book.)
Fine color photographs with information on habit and habitat, description, mode of propagation, distribution, status and management implications for 45 species. Includes keys, glossary and
Conard, H. 1991. Facsimile printing of the 1905 edition.
THE WATERLILIES: A MONOGRAPH OF THE GENUS NYMPHAEA.
Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication No. 4. International Water Lily & Water Gardening Society. 279 pp.
Even today, this important work by the ‘Father of Waterlilies’ is considered the foundation for serious students of Nymphaea. It includes the history, structure, development, and taxonomy
of the genus. It also provides the most detailed waterlily descriptions found in print. This large-format book (8.5 X 11.4 in.) features a number of page-size B/W photographs and colored
line drawings of leaves, flowers and seedlings. The hardbound edition comes in a box.
This is a much-needed record of the diversity of aquatic and wetland plants in the subcontinent, as well as a much-needed identification manual that was written to be used by students and others having little botanical training. The identification keys for the 660 species are based on easily seen vegetative characteristics, so that taxa may appear several times in the key. Each species is described, its distribution in India is noted, and an “ecological diagnosis” is presented. All species are illustrated by line drawings, but these “are not meant to be plant portraits and are often restricted to diagnostic features.”
This book essentially replaces Cook’s Water Plants of the World written in 1974. A comprehensive guide to the aquatic plants of the world, it describes and illustrates 407 genera of vascular aquatic plants, including seagrasses.
“Excellent illustrations of about 800 species, the keys, and the descriptions (of about 2,100 species) all facilitate accurate identification.”–Rolla Tryon, Rhodora.
Spiral-bound field guide with photographs of seedlings, rosettes, flowers and distribution maps.
A “great little book!!” that covers habitat, zonation, identification, revegetation, and propagation of over 40 herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs for coastal dunes. Very good photographs.
G.E. Crow, C.B. Hellquist. 2000.
Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Northeastern North America. Vol. 1: Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Angiosperms: Dicotyledons, 480 pp.; Vol. 2: Angiosperms: Monocotyledons, 400 pp.
University of Wisconsin Press, Madison.
Described by the authors as “A Revised and Enlarged Edition of Norman C. Fassett’s A Manual of Aquatic Plants.” Covers 1,139 plants species, 1,186 taxa, 295 genera and 109 families. Contains more than 600 pages of illustrations covering 90% of the taxa, geographic range, synonymy, etc. Fully indexed; large format.
Crow, G.E., C.B. Hellquist.
1981. Aquatic Plants of New England:
1982. Part 2. Typhaceae and Sparganiaceae. 21 pp.
1983. Part 4. Juncaginaceae, Scheuchzeriaceae, Butomaceae, Hydrocharitaceae. 21 pp.
1985. Part 6. Trapaceae, Haloragaceae, Hippuridaceae. 26 pp.
Part 8. Lentibulariaceae. 22 pp.
Aquatic and wetland flora of New England including keys, habitat, water chemistry data, illustrations and distribution maps. (See Hellquist for Parts 1, 3, 5, 7.)
Crow, G.E. 2002.
Aquatic Plants of Palo Verde National Park and the Tempisque River Valley.
Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Inbio, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica, 296 pp. (In Spanish and English), illustrations and distribution maps. (See Hellquist for Parts 1, 3, 5, 7.)
This 3-ring-notebook-bound book contains information on 37 aquatic plants. They are arranged in the book according to flower color. The written descriptions are easily understood
by the non-botanist.
Not on file in APIRS.
Dignard, N., L. Couillard, J. Labrecque, P. Petitclerc, et. al. 2008.
Guide de Reconnaissance des Habitats Forestiers des Plantes Menacees ou Vulnerables. Capitale-Nationale, Centre-du-Quebec, Chaudiere-Appalaches et Mauricie.
Ministere des Ressouces Naturelles et de la Faune et Ministere du Developpement Durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs. 234 pp. (In French; no English summary). Online at http://www.cdpnq.gouv.qc.ca/publication.htm.
This field guide was developed to facilitate the identification of wetland indicator species in Florida. Fine photographs and line drawings depict algae and mosses, ferns, conifers,
monotocyledons and dicotyledons. Descriptions of 285 species are provided in common terms.
A guide to the tidal marsh plants of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. Line drawings and descriptions of over 200 species with some color photographs.
A beautifully organized and illustrated manual about 96 species of algae from Australia. The schematic keys are based on the most readily observable characters, making algae identification relatively easy for anyone with a microscope. The color micrographs and printing are exceptional for such a relatively inexpensive book.
Evans, C.W., Moorhead, D.J., Bargeron, C.T., Douce, G.K. 2008
Field Guide to the Indentification of Cogongrass: with comparisons to other commonly found grass species in the Southeast
The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Tifton, GA, BW-2008-02, 20 pp.
Evans, C., Bargeron, C., Moorhead, D., Douce, G. 2008
Field Guide to the Indentification of Cogongrass: with comparisons to other commonly found grass species in the Southeast
The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Tifton, GA, June, BW-2008-01, 10 pp.
Eyles, D.E., J.L. Robertson. 1944.
A Guide and Key to the Aquatic Plants of the Southeastern United States.
Reprint 1963. U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington. 151 pp.
Illustrated with rather basic line drawings.
Simple line drawings, key to species, descriptions, habitat, distribution, and wildlife use.
This spiral-bound ID book, in French, describes 134, and pictures nearly 100, of the aquatic and wetland plants of southwest France. It is in alphabetical order according to species, in 3 parts: les hydrophytes, les amphibies, et les h‚lophytes. Each plant is generally described, and then very briefly treated in terms of habitat, inflorescence, and fruit, as well as special identifying characteristics. The book includes a glossaire. Includes full-page, color photos.
General key, descriptive flora, all very nicely illustrated, with an appendix on use by wildlife.
Feinsinger, P., M. Minno. 1990.
Handbook to Schoolyard Plants and Animals of North Central Florida.
Florida Nongame Wildlife Program, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee, 128 pp.
A handbook with line drawings and simple descriptions of 25 aquatic plants you are most likely to find in Minnesota lakes and ponds. Includes a basic introduction to aquatic plants and state regulations on control.
This book, in Hungarian, surveys the flora of the Alfold, or Great Hungarian Plain (2,800 sq. km.). More than 1,000 species are listed, including many new plants for Hungary, as well as
200 alien and garden plants.