BOOK REVIEWS Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky Thomas G Barnes and S Wilson Francis The University Press of Kentucky, Order Department, PO Box 11578, Lexington, KY 405761578; 800.839.6855; URL: http://www.kentuckypress.com; 2004, hardcover US$ 30 (ISBN 0-8131-2319-4), 352 p, 512 color photographs, 150 illustrations, 2 maps, 14 cm x 22 cm (5.5 x 8.5 in). he stated goals of the book are to "...spark an interest in, and an awareness of, the incredible beauty and diversity of Kentucky's ferns and wildflowers, ...[to] lend assistance to the future conservation of our native flora and wildlands in general, ...[and to be about] enjoying the things you find in the fields and forests and delighting in finding those flowers." As there is a fairly recent (1973) book on the trees and shrubs of Kentucky, a more recent (1991) book on the weeds of Kentucky and adjacent states, and because identifying grasses, sedges, and rushes "can be quite difficult for the nonbotanist," the authors have chosen to omit plants of those groups. Significantly, the authors do not state "aid in plant identification" as a goal. What, then, is this book about? It is a collection of pretty pictures of fronds of ferns and
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