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Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies : Revealing Their Natural History

Carolyn Dodson
William W. Dunmire

More than a field guide, Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies offers cultural and botanical essays that present useful and fascinating facts about seventy-five species of wildflowers, including strategies for survival, plant evolution, origins of common and scientific plant names, family characteristics, and their roles in human history.

The Laramie and Medicine Bow Mountains of southern Wyoming, the principal ranges in Colorado, and the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, and Sandia Mountains in New Mexico are home to over a thousand species of wildflowers. The striking samples included here were selected not only because they are characteristic of this region, but also because they have interesting stories to tell. Grouped by family and arranged in natural order, each featured profile is accompanied by a color photo and most include a drawing by wildflower artist Walter Graf.


Carolyn Dodson is retired from the faculty of the libraries of the University of New Mexico and has taught wildflower identification classes in the UNM Continuing Education Division for twenty-five years.

William W. Dunmire served twenty-eight years in the National Park Service as a naturalist in parks across the country. He is currently an associate in biology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.


"...a superbly illustrated and enthusiastically recommended field guide..."


Midwest Book Review

"Western hikers and nature lovers will enjoy this extensive field guide..."


New Mexico Magazine

"...attractive and well written..."


Choice Magazine

"This field guide pairs natural history with botanical facts to provide a useful and interesting read."


Casper Star Tribune, WY

" Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies creates its own niche, part field guide, part good old-fashioned storytelling, making it a delight to carry along on rambles and add to any collection of resources on native plants. This book is special, both informative and entertaining with uncommon extras, reflecting the authors' widespread interests."


The Sandoval Signpost, NM

6 x 9 in. 192 pages 90 color plates., 58 drawings, 1 maps, 1 charts