Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification : an Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families of North America

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HOPS Press, LLC, 2013 - Nature - 235 pages
Botany in a Day is now available in a full-color version. With more than 50,000 copies sold, this is a passport to identifying plants and their uses.
Looking for a faster, easier, and engaging way to identify plants? Related plants have similar characteristics, and they often have similar uses. Rather than learning new plants one-at-a-time, it is possible to learn them by the hundreds, based on plant family patterns.
Each family of related plants has unique patterns for identification. Learn to recognize these patterns, and discover them again and again in the plants you encounter. It is possible to instantly recognize a plant never before seen, and in many cases, to know its edible or medicinal properties on the spot-even before you have identified it down to the species!
Botany in a Day is changing the way people learn about plants. A one-day tutorial introduces eight of the world's most common plant families, applicable to more than 45,000 species of plants. Master these eight patterns and have the skills to recognize an astonishing number of plants on any continent. Add to your repertoire by keying out entirely unknown plants and learning additional family patterns.
Botany in a Day is principally written for North America, but used and adored by readers all over the world. It is used as a textbook in numerous universities, high schools, and herbal schools. This book is widely used in nature programs and promoted in national parks. Botany in a Day is your passport connection to nature and discovering the amazing world of plants!

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About the author (2013)

Thomas J. Elpel had the rare opportunity as a child to spend hundreds of hours with his grandmother. Together they explored the hills and meadows near Virginia City, Montana, collecting herbs, looking for arrowheads, and watching wildlife. Tom has shared this passion for the natural world by writing books, founding the Green University, running an outdoor primitive living school, and establishing the Jefferson Canoe Trail.

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