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Bogs & Fens

A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada

Distributed for University Press of New England

Bogs & Fens

A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada

The word is spreading among outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers that bogs and fens (peatlands) are among the most fascinating and beautiful places to visit. This growing reputation, along with the development of boardwalks that allow a close look at the ecosystem without getting one’s feet wet, has led to an upsurge in visits to these wetlands. To aid the increasing number of bog walkers, Ronald B. Davis has produced an attractive and informative guide to the trees, shrubs, and wildflowers of the peatlands of the greater American northeastern region. The book covers 155 of the species most likely to be discovered alongside the boardwalks and presents stunning photographs of 98 of them. It includes a primer on the ecology of peatlands and offers an invaluable guide to 78 peatlands with boardwalks across the region. This essential guide to the wonders of the bog trails will appeal to boardwalk newbies and old pros alike.

304 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Biological Sciences: Natural History


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Table of Contents

Preface • Introduction • THE PLANTS OF PEATLANDS • Plant Occurrence and Peatland Habitats in the States and Provinces • Wetland Indicator Status of Plant Species • Plant Growth Forms • THE ECOLOGY OF PEATLANDS • Wetlands Defined • Wetland Indicator Status and Growth Form • Adaptations of Plants to Environmental Stresses in Peatlands • Peatland Vegetation • More about Peatlands: Peat, and Fens versus Bogs • Geographic Distributions and Modes of Formation of Peatlands • Peatlands and Peatland Plants beyond Our Geographic Area • FURTHER READING: AN ANNOTATED LIST • PLANT STRUCTURE TERMINOLOGY USED IN THE SPECIES DESCRIPTIONS • Flowering Plants • Conifers • SPECIES DESCRIPTIONS • ADDITIONAL PEATLAND SPECIES: AN ANNOTATED LIST • Trees • Shrubs • Herbs • Ferns • VISITING PEATLANDS WITH BOARDWALKS • Connecticut • Illinois (Glaciated Part Only) • Indiana (Glaciated Part Only) • Maine • Massachusetts • Michigan • New Brunswick • New Hampshire • New Jersey (Glaciated Part Only) • New York (Glaciated Part Only) • Nova Scotia • Ohio (Glaciated Part Only) • Ontario (North to 49° N Latitude) • Pennsylvania (Glaciated Part Only) • Prince Edward Island • Québec (North to 49° N Latitude) • Vermont • Wisconsin (Glaciated Part Only) • Index

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