Once perceived as vast wastelands, Iowa’s shrinking wetlands only now are coming to be understood as the wonderlands they actually are, rich and delicate ecosystems crucial to preserving the balance of nature. This book, a treasury of information on wetland plant life in Iowa, is a critical tool for the appreciation and restoration of these invaluable resources in the state’s natural heritage.
Compiled by two of the state’s premiere naturalists, Wildflowers and Other Plants of Iowa Wetlands is a splendid introduction to the different types of wetlands in Iowa and their beautiful and varied flora. The book contains descriptions and four-color photographs of all major wetland species in the state, as well as a wealth of useful information about historical uses of these species and about Iowa wetlands in general. Designed to guide the interested amateur, the book presents plant descriptions in order of habitat (for instance, terrestrial or aquatic), habit (e.g., floating or submerged), and taxonomic group (e.g., ferns and their allies or trees and shrubs).
With this guide in hand, anyone wishing for a closer awareness of the natural marvels of Iowa’s wetlands, from the shy, small white ladyslipper to the lofty sycamore, will be perfectly equipped.