This book will be of particular interest to those inter-ested in applied fields of biology, such as conservation, forestry, and wild life. The southern twelve counties of Illinois, a total of 4,355 square miles, comprise the area covered in this book. It is an area in which both northern and southern flora specimens abound. A wide variety of plant species grow in this area, and nearly 200 new plants not formerly identified with this area have been included in the listings. Especially valuable to amateur botanists, the book is an important manual in identifying the plants that make up the native scenery of this region. Seventy-seven illustrations aid in identifying and understanding the plant communities.
Robert H. Mohlenbrock taught botany at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for thirty-four years, obtaining the title of Distinguished Professor. After his retirement in 1990, he joined Biotic Consultants as a senior scientist teaching wetland identification classes in twenty-six states to date. Mohlenbrock has been named SIU Outstanding Scholar and has re-ceived the SIU Alumnus Teacher of the Year Award, the AMOCO Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Meritorious Teacher of the Year Award from the Asso-ciation of Southeastern Biologists. During his career at Southern Illinois University, ninety graduate stu-dents earned degrees under his direction. Since 1984, he has been a monthly columnist for Natural History magazine. Among his forty-five books and more than five hundred publications are Macmillan's Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Field Guide to the U. S. National Forests, and Where Have All the Wildflowers Gone?
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