Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification

Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification

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Botany in a Day is changing the way people learn about plants! Tom’s book has gained a nationwide audience almost exclusively by word-of-mouth. It is now used as a text at universities and high schools as well as herbal and wilderness schools across North America. Instead of presenting individual plants, Botany in a Day unveils the patterns of identification and uses among related plants, giving readers simple tools to rapidly unlock the mysteries of the new species they encounter throughout the continent.

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Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification

Looking for a faster, easier, and engaging way to identify plants? Related plants have similar characteristics, and they often have similar uses. Rather than learning new plants one-at-a-time, it is possible to learn them by the hundreds, based on plant family patterns.

Each family of related plants has unique patterns for identification. Learn to recognize these patterns, and discover them again and again in the plants you encounter. It is possible to instantly recognize a plant never before seen, and in many cases, to know its edible or medicinal properties on the spot-even before you have identified it down to the species!

Botany in a Day is changing the way people learn about plants. A one-day tutorial introduces eight of the world’s most common plant families, applicable to more than 45,000 species of plants. Master these eight patterns and have the skills to recognize an astonishing number of plants on any continent. Add to your repertoire by keying out entirely unknown plants and learning additional family patterns.

Botany in a Day is principally written for North America, but used and adored by readers all over the world. Botany in a Day is used as a textbook in numerous universities, high schools, and herbal schools. This book is widely used in nature programs and promoted in national parks. Botany in a Day is your passport connection to nature and discovering the amazing world of plants!

      NOW IN COLOR! Sixth Edition, June 2013. 235 pages. Printed with soy-based inks on recycled paper made from 100% post-consumer waste. ISBN: 978-1-892784-35-3. Tom invested more than a thousand hours of additional work into the new book, primarily adding color artwork and updating the text to APG (the newest system of plant classification). Botany in a Day includes four indexes.

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Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × .75 in


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  • Vendor: Thomas Elpel
  • Address: 12 Quartz Street
    PO Box 697
    Pony, MT 59747
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