Throughout human history, plants have provided us with food, clothing, medicine and shelter. The Rocky Mountains are home to a diversity of plant species that have helped native peoples and settlers survive through the centuries. EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE ROCKIES describes 333 common trees, shrubs, flowers, ferns, mosses and lichens that have been used by people from ancient times to the present. This comprehensive guide contains: * More than 700 color photographs and illustrations * An introduction explaining the use of wild plants, including gathering, preparing and cooking * Food, medicinal and other uses for each species * Clear descriptions of the plants and where to find them * Warnings about plant allergies, poisons and digestive upsets * A special section at the end detailing 46 of the more common poisous plants in the Rockies region.
Lindas interest in rare species began in 1976 with her MSc thesis on rare and endangered Canadian plants. Over the past 25 years, her work has focussed on biophysical inventories in the Yukon, NWT and Alberta. She has authored and contributed to many field guides and papers. Linda now works as a writer and editor when not pursuing her two favorite pastimes: photography and illustration. Ian Sheldon is an accomplished artist, nature illustrator and ecologist, with a degree in ecology from Cambridge University. His studies have taken him around the world-throughout North and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia and South Africa.