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Monday, March 23 2015, 05:35 PM
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Would someone please recommend a few good plant ID guides and floras for use in the region around Roanoke, VA and Charleston, WV? Will be using them to ID plants for hydrophytic vegetation determinations in USACE wetland delineations.

I have reviewed the attached reference listing (Appendix F) from the USACE, but would like to know which are more/less useful before purchasing a few of them. In particular, it would be helpful to find at least one that facilitates plant ID without them being in flower.

Any pointers to local guides put out by universities or local authorities/native plant societies would also be appreciated!

Thank You in advance!
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    Tuesday, March 24 2015, 01:35 PM - #Permalink
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    We use two for most of our work: Flora of Virginia (Weakley, Ludwig, and Townsend 2012) and Flora of West Virginia (Strausbaugh and Core 1977(?)). For trees without fruit/flowers we have found The Illustrated Book of Trees (Grimm 1983) to be very helpful. A fairly good guide to wetland GENERA (species are old and incomplete) is A Manual of Marsh and Aquatic Vascular Plants of North Carolina (Beal 1977). You are always welcome to send me photos of individuals and we can normally ID them to genus if not species.
    Hope this helps.
    James E. Perry (jperry@vims.edu)
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    Tuesday, March 24 2015, 02:53 PM - #Permalink
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    Thanks James! I was onto Floras of VA and WV, but not the others you suggested. I really appreciate your feedback. I may well be sending you some photos to help ID.

    I've also done some research and started to pull together a partial listing of resources for vegetation identification in mid-Atlantic piedmont/Appalachian region. See attached list/links.
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