It’s a great year for wildflowers! With all the rain that has fallen on New Mexico this year, wildflowers are emerging in record numbers.
The new field guide “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico: Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano” has been published just in time for wildflower enthusiasts to find out more about this year’s bounty.
Author Larry J. Littlefield is the featured speaker at Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23.
Cover of new wildflower guide by Larry J. Littlefield and Pearl M. Burns. Courtesy/MPL
Littlefield is a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Oklahoma State University. He has been a volunteer with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and the trails maintenance crew for the U.S. Forest Service since retiring in Albuquerque in 2005. He co-authored the new book with Pearl M. Burns.
This unique reference work describes over 350 wildflowers and flowering shrubs that grow in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano Mountains, as well as neighboring ranges, including the Manzanita, San Pedro, Ortiz, and other lower-elevation mountains in central portions of the state
With more than a thousand color photographs accompanied by visual descriptions, the easy-to-use guide organizes plants first by flower color, then alphabetically by family common name, then by scientific name. The authors also include information on traditional uses of the plants by indigenous peoples and an extensive glossary and bibliography.
A brief geological history and description of the ranges examines the different life zones and ecosystems and how these relate to elevation and microclimates. Wildflower enthusiasts and hikers will welcome this useful book.”
The featured author for August is David Stuart, whose book Anasazi America examines the Chacoan civilization and its collapse. Stuart will speak Aug. 27.
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more. The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.