New Mexico is home to about 4,000 species of plants that inhabit the varied ecosystems found at the intersection of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts.
Willa Finley and LaShara Nieland, authors of a previous field guide of Texas plants, Lone Star Wildflowers, traveled throughout New Mexico and photographed approximately 200 commonly encountered plants in all stages of growth from spring through fall. They also visited with Native Americans to learn the extensive practical ways in which they and their ancestors have used the flora. The research is presented in a colorful, well-organized format, using easily understood language appealing to wildflower enthusiasts of all levels of experience.
Land of Enchantment Wildflowers features
· Easy-to-use format with plants grouped according to flower color, indicated by color bars along the page edges.
· 456 full-color photos, all taken by the authors, including flowers, leaves and seedpods.
· Origins of common and scientific names.
· Historical and modern uses of plants for food, medicine, and other applications, along with archaeological findings.
· Information about toxins and commercially valuable chemical compounds.
· Interactions with wildlife and livestock, both positive and negative.
· Landscaping uses, noting growth requirements, as well as deer resistance.
· Over 100 butterfly and moth species identified, with description of their interaction with specific plants.
Willa F. Finley has worked in agriculture research in the Middle East and North Africa, and in agribusiness in Central Africa. More recently she was senior researcher in agricultural economics for LMC International in Oxford, UK. She now lives in Lubbock, Texas, and is involved in agricultural development projects in Africa.
A former biology teacher, LaShara Nieland began studying how ancient people used wild plants and incorporated this information into her lessons. She lives in Odessa with her husband, Andy, and continues to photograph wildflowers and give talks to various groups.