Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky Thomas G Barnes, Deborah White, and Marc Evans The University Press of Kentucky, 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508, 800.839.6855; URL: http://www.kentuckypress.com; 2008, cloth, US$ 39.95 (ISBN 978-0-8131-2496-4), 216 p; 220 color photos, 26 x 22 cm (10 x 8.5 in) Thomas Barnes, an award-winning photographer, is wellknown among nature and wildflower enthusiasts and gardeners for his previous books, also published by The University Press of Kentucky, titled Gardening for the Birds, Kentucky's Last Great Places, and Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky (coauthored with Wilson Francis). This time around, he has teamed up with Deborah White and Marc Evans, from the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, to produce Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky. This book documents 220 of Kentucky's rare plants, approximately two-thirds of the state's endangered, threatened, and special concern flora, in fullcolor photographs. The book is not simply a photographic collection, however; the figure captions and the text provide ample information on plant rarity and extinction, protection of species, and Kentucky's ecological communities. When reviewing a book, I take special note of the book's purpose and whether the author(s) achieved their goal (at least in my eyes). In this case, the focus of
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