I get asked quite often what books I use for identification of wildflowers, mosses, fungi and the other bits of nature that you see here, so I decided to make up a list.
- Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America, by Boughton Cobb, Elizabeth Farnsworth, and Cheryl Lowe. Published in 2005 by The New England Wildflower Society. ISBN 978-0-618-39406-7. A Peterson Field Guide
- How to Know the Ferns, a Guide to the Names, Haunts and Habits of Our Common Ferns, by Frances Theodora Parsons. Published in 1899 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. ISBN None
- New England Ferns and Their Common Allies, by Helen Eastman. Published in 1904 by Houghton, Mifflin and Company. ISBN None
- Grasses: An Identification Guide, by Lauren Brown. Published in 1979 by Houghton, Mifflin and Company. ISBN 0-395-27624-1
- Lichens of the North Woods; a Field Guide to 111 Northern Lichens, by Joe Walewski. Published in 2007 by Kollah + Stensaas Publishing. ISBN 0-9792006-0-1
- Lichens, by William Purvis. Published in America in 2007 by Smithsonian Books. ISBN 1-56098-879-7
- A Guide to the Study of Lichens, by Albert Schnieder. Published in 1904 by Knight and Millet. ISBN None
- Outstanding Mosses and Liverworts of Pennsylvania and Nearby States by Susan Munch Published in 2006 by Sunbury Press. ISBN 0-9760925-7-3
- Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians by Karl B. McNight, Joseph E. Rohrer, Kirtsen McKnight Ward and Warren J. Perdrizet. Published in 2013 by Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-15696-5. A Princeton Field Guide.
Mushrooms & Other Fungi
- Mushrooms of Northeast North America by George Barron. Published in 1999 by Lone Pine Publishing. ISBN 978-1-55105-201-4. Good section on slime molds.
- Mushrooms by Thomas Laessoe and Gary Lincoff. Published in 1998 by Dorling Kindersley ISBN 976-0-7894-8986-9. A Smithsonian Handbook.
- Field Guide to Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff. Published in 1981 by Alfred A Knopf, Chanticleer Press. ISBN 978-0-394-51992-0. A National Audubon Society Field Guide. Excellent section on slime molds.
- The Observer’s Book of Mushrooms, Toadstools and Other Common Fungi by W.P.K. Findlay. Published in 1978 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. ISBN 0-7232-1565-0
- Wild Orchids of the Northeastern United States; a Field Guide, by Paul Martin Brown. Published in 1997 by Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-8341-7. Includes state by state checklists.
- Orchids of New England and New York, by Tom Nelson and Eric Lamont. Published in 2012 by Kollath+Stensaas Publishing. ISBN 978-1-936571-04-8. Lists 65 orchids.
- Trees of North America; a Field Guide to the Major native and Introduced Species North of Mexico, by C. Frank Brockman. Revised edition published in 2001 by St. Martin’s Press ISBN 0-307-13658-2
- Bark; a Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast, by Michael Wojtech. Published in 2011 by University Press of New England. ISBN 978-1-58465-8. Identifying trees by their bark.
- Winter Tree Finder, by May Theilgard Watts and Tom Watts. Published in 1970 by Nature Study Guides. ISBN 978-0-912550-03—9 A handy little pamphlet that identifies deciduous trees by their twigs and buds.
- Our Northern shrubs and How to Identify Them, by Harriet Keeler. Published in 1920 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. ISBN None
- The Shrub Identification Book, by George W.D. Symonds. Published in 1963 by harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 978-0-688-05040-5
- The Book of Shrubs, by Alfred Carl Hottes. Published in 1928 by The A.T. De La Mare Company. ISBN None This is a good book for those wanting to use native shrubs in the garden.
- Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb. Published in 1977 by Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-60442-9
- New England Wildflowers; a Guide to Common Plants by Frank Kaczmarek. Published in 2009 by Morris Book Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-0-7627-4820-4. A Falcon Guide.
- Field Guide to Wildflowers; Eastern Region, by William Niering, John W. Thieret, and Nancy C. Olmstead. Published in 2001 by Alfred A Knopf, Chanticleer Press. ISBN 0-375-40232-2. A National Audubon Society Field Guide.
- Wild Flower Guide; Northeastern and Midland United States by Edgar T. Wherry, Ph.D. Published in 1948 by Doubleday and Company. ISBN None
- Weeds of the Northeast by Richard H. Uva, Joseph C. Neal and Joseph M. Ditomaso. Published in 1997 by Cornell University. ISBN 978-0-8014-8334-9.
- Forest Forensics; a Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape, by Tom Wessels. Published in 2010 by The Countryman Press. ISBN 978-0-88150-918-2. Tom Wessels shows how to understand the history of a forest by seeing and understanding evidence of what went on in the past.
- Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter, by Lauren Brown. Published in 2012 by The Countryman press. ISBN 978-1-58157-177-6. If you need to identify a plant in winter this book will help.