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Useful Botanical References for the Rocky Mountain Region and Adjacent Areas


The following list contains books and other references relevant to the flora of the Rocky Mountain Region, including works of a more general nature that are nonetheless useful for the region. This list is not exhaustive. Technical floras are not included.

Select a category from the list at left.




Allergenic Plants

Jelks, M. 1986. Allergy Plants That Cause Sneezing and Wheezing. Published Privately.

Jelks, M. 1986. Allergy Plants That Cause Sneezing and Wheezing. Published Privately.

Lewis, W. H., P. Vinay, & V. E. Zenger. 1983. Airborne and Allergenic Pollen of North America. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press.

Aquatic Plants

Correll, D. & H. B. Correll. 1975. Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southwestern United States. Stanford Univ. Press

DiTomaso, J. M. & E. A. Healy. (See Weeds)

Fassett, N. C. 1940. A Manual of Aquatic Plants. McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Hitchkiss, N. 1972. Common Marsh, Underwater, and Floating-Leaved Plants of the United States and Canada. Dover Publictions, Inc.

Matsumura, Y. & H. D. Harrington. 1955. The True Aquatic Vascular Plants of Colorado. Colorado Agric. Exp.

Muenscher, W. C. 1944. Aquatic Plants of the United States. Cornell Univ. Press.

Weldon, L. W., R. D. Blackburn, & D. S. Harrison. 1969. Common Aquatic Weeds. Agricultural Handbook 352. Agricultural Research Service. USDA.

Cultivated Plants

Bailey, L. H. 1947. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture. 3 vols. Macmillan Co.

Bailey, L. H. 1949. Manual of Cultivated Plants Most Commonly Grown in the Continental United States and Canada. Macmillan Co.

Dorn, J. & R. Dorn. 2007. Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area. Published by the authors.

Graf, A. B. 1982. Exotica Series 4 International: Pictorial Cyclopedia of Exotic Plants from Tropical and Near-tropical Regions. Roehrs Co. Publ.

Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada. MacMillan Publ. Co., Inc.

Kelly, G. W. 1967. Rocky Mountain Horticulture. 3rd ed. Pruett Publ. Co.

Edible Plants

Cheatham, S., M. C. Johnston, & L. Marshall. 1995. The Useful Wild Plants of Texas, the Southeastern and Southwestern United States, the Southern Plains, and Northern Mexico. Useful Wild Plants, Inc.

Densmore, F. 1974. How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine, and Crafts. Dover Publ.

Dept of the Army. 2003. The Illustrated Guide to Edible Wild Plants. Lyons Press.

Derig, B. & M. Fuller. 2001. Wild Berries of the West. Mountain Press Publ.

Dunmire, W. W. & G. D. Tierney. 1997. Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners. Museum of New Mexico Press.

Harrington, H.D. 1967. Edible Native Plants of the Rocky Mountains. Univ. New Mexico Press.

Hart, J. 1976. Montana – Native Plants and Early Peoples. Montana Historical Society.

Kershaw, L. 2000. Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rockies. Lone Pine Publ.

Kindscher, K. 1987. Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide. Univ. Press of Kansas.

Kirk, D. R. 1970. Wild Edible Plants of the Western United States. Naturegraph Publ.

Lust, J. B. 1974. The Herb Book. Bantam Books

Medsger, O. P. 1939. Edbile Wild Plants. Macmillan Co.

Seebeck, C. B. 1998. Best-Tasting Wild Plants of Colorado and the Rockies. Westcliffe Publ.

Tillford, G. L. 1997. Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West. Mountain Press Publ.

Tull, D. 1978. A Practical Guide to Edible & Useful Plants: Including Recipies, Helpful Plants, Natural Dyes & Textile Fibers. Texas Monthly Press.

Willard, T., B. Andrusek, & J. McCormick. 2001. Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains and Neighbouring Territories. Wild Rose College of Natural Healing.

Medicinal Plants

Cheatham, S., M. C. Johnston, & L. Marshall. (See Edible Plants)

Densmore, F. (See Edible Plants)

Dunmire, W. W. & G. D. Tierney. (See Edible Plants)

Hutchens, A. R. 1973. Indian Herbalogy of North America. Merco.

Kershaw, L. (See Edible Plants)

Kindscher, K. 1992. Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide. Univ. Press of Kansas.

Krochmal, A. & C. Krochmal. 1984. A Field Guide to Medical Plants. The New York Times Book Co.

Lewis, W. H. & M. P. F. Elvin-Lewis. 1977. Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Man’s Health. John Wiley & Sons.

Moore, M. 1989. Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West. Museum of New Mexico Press.

Moore, M. 2003. Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West. Museum of New Mexico Press.

Tillford, G. L. (See Edible Plants)

Tull, D. (See Edible Plants)

Willard, T., B. Andrusek, & J. McCormick. (See Edible Plants)

Poisonous Plants

Burrows, G. E. & R. J. Tyrl. 2001. Toxic Plants of North America. Iowa State Univ. Press.

Frohne, D. & H. J. Pfander. 1984. A Colour Atlas of Poisonous Plants: A Handbook for Pharmacists, Doctors, Toxicologists, and Biologists. Wolfe Publishing Ltd., London.

Kingsbury, J. M. 1964. Poisonous Plants of the United States and Canada. Prentice-Hall, Inc

Kingsbury, J. M. 1965. Deadly Harvest: A Guide to Common Poisonous Plants. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.

Lampe, K. F. & M. A. McCann. 1985. AMA Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants. Amer. Medical Assoc.

Muenscher, W. C. 1951. Poisonous Plants of the United States. Macmillan Co.

Range Plants

Hermann, F. J. 1966. Notes on Western Range Forbs. Agric. Handbook 293. Forest Service. U. S. Dept. Agric.

Stubbendieck, J., S. L. Hatch, & K. J. Hirsch. 1986. North American Range Plants. 3rd ed. Univ. of Nebraska Press.

Weeds

Davis, L. W. 1993. Weed Seeds of the Great Plains: A Handbook for Identification. Univ. Press of Kansas, Agric. Exp. Station.

DiTomaso, J. M. & E. A. Healy. 2003. Aquatic and Riparian Weeds of the West. Univ. of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

DiTomaso, J. M. & E. A. Healy. 2007. Weeds of California and Other Western States. 2 vols. Univ. of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Lorenzi, H. J. & L. S. Jeffery. 1987. Weeds of the United States and their Control. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.

U. S. Department of Agriculture. 1971. Common Weeds of the United States. Dover.

Muenscher, W. C. 1962. Weeds. 2nd ed. Macmillan Co.

Royer, F. & R. Dickinson. 1999. Weeds of the Northern U.S. and Canada. Lone Pine Publ. & Univ. of Alberta Press.

Sheley, R. L. & J. K. Petroff. 1999. Biology and Management of Noxious Rangeland Weeds. Oregan State Univ. Press.

Weldon, L. W., R. D. Blackburn, D. S. Harrison. (See Aquatics)

Whitson, T. D., L. C. Burrill, S. A. Dewey, D. W. Cudney, B. E. Nelson, R. D. Lee, and R. Parker. 1991. Weeds of the West. Pioneer of Jackson Hole.

Zimdahl, R. L. 1998. Weeds of Colorado: A Comprehensive Guide to Indentification. Colorado State Univ. Cooperative Extension.

Wildflowers

Beidleman, L. H., R. G. Beidleman, & B. E. Willard. 2000. Plants of Rocky Mountain National Park. Falcon Publ., Inc.

Craighead, J. J., F. C. Craighead, & R. J. Davis. 1963. A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers. Houghton Mifflin.

Duft, J. D. & R. K. Moseley. 1989. Alpine Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains. Mountain Press Publ. Co.

Huggins, J. L. 2004. Wild at Heart: A Natural History Guide. WHO Press.

Kershaw, L., A. MacKinnon & J. Pojar. 1998. Plants of the Rocky Mountains. Lone Pine Publ.

Larson, G. E. & J. R. Johnson. 2007. Plants of the Black Hills and Bear Lodge Mountains. 2nd ed. South Dakota State Univ., Agricultural Experiment Station.

Nelson, R. A. 1992. Handbook of Rocky Mountain Plants. 4th ed. revised by R. L. Williams. Roberts Rinehart Publ.

Nold, R. 2003. Columbines: Aquilegia, Paraquilegia, and Semiaquilegia. Timber Press.

Nold, R. 1999. Penstemons. Timber Press.

Paulson, A. 1989. The National Wildflower Research Center’s Wildflower Handbook. Texas Monthly.

Phillips, H. W. 2003 Central Rocky Mountain Wildflowers: Including Yellowstone and Grand Teton Nationa Parks. Falcon Publ. Inc.

Rickett, H. W. 1966-1975. Wild Flowers of the United States. 6 vols. McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Robertson, L. 1999. Southern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers: A Field Guide to Wildflowers in the Southern Rocky Mountains including Rocky Mountain National Park. Falcon Publ., Inc.

Shaw, R. J. 1976. Field Guide to the Vascular Plants of Grand Teton National Park and Teton County, Wyoming. Utah State Univ. Press.

Shaw, R. J. 1981. Plants of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Wheelwright Press, Ltd.

Spellenberg, R. 1979. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers. Alfred A. Knopf.

States, J. & D. States. 2004. Wildflowers of Wyoming. Mountain Press Publ.

Wildlife Edibles

Martin, A. C., H. S. Zim, and A. L. Nelson. 1951. American Wildlife & Plants: A Guide to Wildlife Food Habits.

Woody Plants

Carter, J. L. 1988. Trees and Shrubs of Colorado. Johnson Books.

Elias, T. S. 1980. Trees of North America: Field Guide and Natural History. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.

Farrar, J. L. 1995. Trees of the Northern United States and Canada. Iowa State Univ. Press.

Little, E. L., Jr. 1971-1978. Atlas of United States Trees. 5 vols. U. S. Dept. Agric., Misc. Publ.

Sargent, C. S. 1922. Manual of the Trees of North America. 2 vols. Houghton Mifflin Co. (Dover ed.)