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Aquatic Plants Bibliography

This list includes books on true aquatic plants, such as seaweeds, as well as surface-dwelling plants, plants that grow in shallow water, and plants that are most often found in or at the boundaries of wetlands.

Note: book cover sizes in the list below are shown relative to each other. The list is organized by primary author. Some out-of-copyright books are available free at the supplied links.

A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque

Author(s): Cartron, Jean-Luc E.; Lightfoot, David C.; Mygatt, Jane E.; Brantley, Sandra L.; Lowrey, Timothy K.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, 2008

ISBN: 978-0826342690

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Comments: This volume has the ambitious goal of capturing a broad swath of life along the Rio Grande. It discusses the settings and their environmental histories, habitat types, and places to visit. It covers nonvascular plants such as lichens and fungi; vascular plants (flowering and spore-producing); invertabrate animals; and amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The section on plants makes up about a quarter of the book. It is organized by family. Blooming period is featured prominently, a good idea, since we tend to notice plants in bloom. Also included is identifying information, natural history, and whether a species is threatened. There are about three species per page, so photos tend to be smaller than with some layouts. 375 pages.

From the back cover: “Extending from the spillway below Cochiti Dam, about fifty miles north of Albuquerque, to the headwaters of Elephant Butte Reservoir, near Truth or Consequences in the southern portion of New Mexico, the Middle Rio Grande Bosque is more than a cottonwood woodland or forest.”

A Naturalist’s Guide to Wetland Plants

Author(s): Cox, Donald D.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press, 2002

ISBN: 978-0815607403

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Comments: This book describes all manner of plants, including aquatic and shoreline plants, fungi, ferns, hallucinogenic plants, etc. The focus is on how these varies species adapt to wetland habitats, not on plant identification. Illustrated with line drawings. 194 pages.

Eastern North America

The Book of Swamp and Bog: Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers of Eastern Freshwater Wetlands

Author(s): Eastman, John; illustrated by Hansen, Amelia

Publisher: Stackpole Books, 1995

ISBN: 978-0811725187

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Comments: Describes "trees, shrubs, and wildflowers of eastern freshwater wetlands." This book, and others in the series, is not a guide in the traditional sense. It describes a relatively small number of common species in their full ecological context, providing deeper insight into the world that surrounds each plant. The author lists birds and other associated animals; insects that feed on (or in some cases are digested by) the plants; pollinators and gall-producing insects; and fungal threats. Descriptions are rich with detail, but not overly technical. 237 pages.

Eastern North America

Everglades Wildflowers: A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Historic Everglades, including Big Cypress, Corkscrew, and Fakahatchee Swamps

Author(s): Hammer, Roger L.

Publisher: Falcon Guides, Rowan and Littlefield, 2014

ISBN: 978-0762787531

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Comments: Covering species from the Everglades National Park, as well as the Corkscrew, Big Cypress, and Fakahatchee Swamps, this guide presents 360 species of herbaceous plants. Plants are organized by flower color, typically two per page, with a color photo and a description, habitat/range, bloom season, and comments. It is easy to flip through this book in search of IDs. This is a great choice when you visit the Everglades, but Florida Wildflowers is a better choice if you are also interested in more northerly plants. 244 pages.

Everglades National Park and the Corkscrew, Big Cypress and Fakahatchee Swamps, in Flordia.

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Author(s): Pojar, Jim; MacKinnon, Andy

Publisher: Lone Pine, 1994

ISBN: 978-1551055305

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Comments: Describes 794 species, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, aquatic plants, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens. Includes 1100 color photos and 1000 line drawings and silhouettes. While many field guides cover wider regions and larger numbers of species, this provides deeper detail about each species in the more restricted region. If you search for wildflowers only in this region, this may be the only resource you need, and it is an excellent complement to other guides if you need to identify plants from a wider or different area. Includes keys that require moderate, but not advanced, understanding of botanical terminology. 528 pages.

Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska, from the coast to the mountains.

Common Plants of the Mid-Atlantic Coast: A Field Guide

Author(s): Silberhorn, Gene M.; Warinner, Mary (Illus.); Forrest, Kent (Illus.)

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999

ISBN: 978-0801860812

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Comments: The first thing that jumps out of this book are the stunning black-and-white line drawings, which are exquisitely detailed and absolutely captivating. Focusing on the commonest species, the author lavishes two full pages on each, one for the drawing, another that includes a non-technical description for identification, and information about habitat, distribution, ecological value, and wetland status. Includes an identification key. 306 pages.

Mid-Atlantic coast, from New York to North Carolina.

Coastal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern United States

Author(s): Tiner Jr., Ralph W.

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987

ISBN: 978-0870235382

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Comments: New England’s craggy shores are host to numerous varieties of herbaceous plants, grasses, sedges, shubs, and aquatic plants that are well-adapted to the habitats. This guide book has crisp, well-executed line drawings and identifying information for many of these species. Most of the species appear along the entire Atlantic coast, and especially the northern parts of the Pacific coast. 285 pages.

Northeastern United States

Field Guide to Tidal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Neighboring Canada

Author(s): Tiner, Ralph W.; Rorer, Abigail (illus.)

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009

ISBN: 978-1558496675

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Comments: I love the drawings in this book. They are large and detailed. Write-ups include detailed descriptions of plant features, the flowering period, the wetland indicator status, and similar species. Includes keys organized by detailed habitats and plant descriptions organized by habitat. Contains a good deal of supporting information too. This is the first comprehensive book I have seen that is specifically about wetland plants. It covers beaches, tidal flats, rocky shores, marshes, swamps, and coastal plants.

Northeastern United States and neighboring Canada