About the Book
The OregonFlora Project, Oregon State University, and Botanical Research Institute of Texas Press have collaborated to publish the Flora of Oregon, the first comprehensive flora of Oregon in over 50 years—with illustrations! The Flora of Oregon is a three-volume reference that will be the state's only flora published in the past half century and the first illustrated floristic work that exclusively addresses Oregon.
Volume 1 presents treatments of the pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and monocots—1,054 taxa, or 23% of all native and naturalized vascular plants of Oregon. The taxonomic treatments include dichotomous keys, family and generic synopses, full taxon descriptions, and illustrations. A dot map depicting vouchered occurrences and highlighted ecoregions that host the taxon accompanies each description. There are pen and ink illustrations of 521 taxa, including 86 new works by artist John Myers. Color photographs accompany chapters describing the state’s ecology and sites for exploring botanical diversity. Also included are biographical sketches of notable Oregon botanists and appendices emphasizing plant taxa of interest to conservationists.
Volume 2 includes 30% more taxa than in Volume 1, as well as dichotomous keys, distribution maps, and descriptions for 1,668 native and naturalized vascular plant taxa, 785 of which are accompanied by pen and ink illustrations. Thirty-nine dicot plant families are treated, including the major families of composites, mustards, stonecrops, heaths, and legumes. Front chapters highlight plants in the broader world via three engaging chapters accompanied by 96 full-color photographs: plant-insect interactions, landscaping and gardening with native species, and the connections between floras and herbaria. Appendices list cultivation features of over 300 Oregon natives appropriate for gardening and landscaping, native garden taxa that support beneficial insects, Oregon plants that are hosts to butterfly larvae, and—for the first time ever published—specialist solitary bee species and the Oregon plant taxa they associate with. Volume 2 is completed with an illustrated glossary, references, author biographies, and an index of all scientific and common names of treated taxa.
A valuable reference for land managers, policy-makers, naturalists, wildflower enthusiasts, historians, teachers, and students of all ages, the Flora of Oregon is a welcome resource for all who appreciate the natural beauty and biodiversity of Oregon. Flora of Oregon, Volume 1 was nominated for the 2016 Annual Literature Award given by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL).