Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope describes the remarkable flora of the state, distinctive in its altitudinal range, numerous microhabitats, and ancient and rare plants. Together with Colorado Flora: Western Slope, Fourth Edition, these volumes are designed to educate local amateurs and professionals in the recognition of vascular plant species and encourage informed stewardship of our biological heritage.
These thoroughly revised and updated editions reflect current taxonomic knowledge. The authors describe botanical features of this unparalleled biohistorical region and its mountain ranges, basins, and plains and discuss plant geography, giving detailed notes on habitat, ecology, and range. The keys recount interesting anecdotes and introductions for each plant family. The book is rounded out with historical background of botanical work in the state, suggested readings, glossary, index to scientific and common names, references, and hundreds of illustrations. The books also contain a new contribution from Donald R. Farrar and Steve J. Popovich on moonworts. The fourth editions of Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope and Colorado Flora: Western Slope are ideal for both student and scientist and essential for readers interested in Colorado's plant life.
About the Author
William A. Weber is Professor and Curator Emeritus of the Herbarium, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. A highly acclaimed author with over 65 years of botanical experience in Colorado, he has written extensively on the flora of Colorado, including Rocky Mountain Flora (UPC 1991) and A Rocky Mountain Lichen Primer (with James N. Corbridge, UPC 1998) and Bryophytes of Colorado (Pilgrims Process 2010)and Colorado Flora (UPC 2001) with Ronald Wittmann. Ronald C. Wittmann is Museum Associate, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. He became an expert on the flora of the state collaborating closely with Dr. William Weber over the past 30 years in the field and laboratory. Books include Colorado Flora (UPC 2011), Catalog of the Colorado Flora (UPC 1992), and Bryophytes of Colorado (Pilgrims Process 2010).
"The completely revised edition of this outstanding guide to the fascinating plants of Colorado provides an improved means of identifying and learning about them. Based on decades of experience in the state and around the world, the authors offer unique insights and a sound basis for expanding our knowledge into the future." —Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
"These books are common sense, timely, broad in scope, accurate, and based on the extensive field experience of Weber and Wittman. The authors also present the art and science of thier study—the heart of this enterprise." —T. Johnson, Choice
"You will not only use these books, you will enjoy them." —New Mexico Botanist Newsletter
"An evolutionary and quasi-revolutionary update" —Rudolf Schmid, Taxon