Colorado has a rich diversity of ecosystems and vegetation communities, ranging from 3,500 ft. to over 14,000 ft. in elevation and ultimately supporting nearly 3,200 vascular plant species. This book is a comprehensive dichotomous key to the vascular plants of Colorado, complete with detailed descriptions, distribution maps, habitat information, flowering times and elevation ranges for all species. Color photographs for 40% of the species are also included. The aim of this book is to enable students, researchers, amateur and professional botanists or anyone interested in the flora of Colorado to successfully identify the plants they encounter with confidence and satisfaction.
About the Author
Jennifer Ackerfield has been studying the flora of Colorado for nearly 20 years. During this time, she has traveled extensively across the state of Colorado documenting its rich floristic diversity. She is currently the curator at Colorado State University Herbarium and teaches Plant Identification at CSU. She has served on the board for the Colorado Native Plant Society, and written several articles on the flora of Colorado. She enjoys hiking, photographing wildflowers, botanical illustration, and educating students on the wonderful world of botany.