Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington
-317 vascular plants, six mosses, and one lichen
-Full-color photographs of the plants and their habitats, line drawings, and distribution maps
-Detailed species descriptions, identification tips, and recommended times for making identifications
-Current conservation status and state rank
-Complete reference list, synonymies, and glossary
Each rare plant is fully characterized through rich description of its appearance, reproductive strategy, associated plants, and habitat, identification of current threats to its survival in Washington, and scarcity in areas outside the state. A trip across Washington presents an array of habitats, from dripping spruce and hemlock forests along the coast to arid grasslands and shrub-steppe and sand dune systems east of the mountains, from low-elevation outwash prairies to treeless slopes of volcanoes and granite peaks, from basalt flows and rocky islands to salt marshes and tiny seeps and riparian edges. This book brings attention to the rarest and least understood plant species that find niches in this complex landscape.