Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

IN Bloom.(Final)

Byline: Polly Summar * Photographs by Dean Hanson * Of the Journal

Author's 'Flowering Plants of N.M.' a field guide to state's wildflowers

Robert DeWitt Ivey looks at New Mexico wildflowers the way some people look at birds. Very seriously. He knows their petals, their leaves, their colors and their smells.

And his book, "Flowering Plants of New Mexico," serves flower fiends in the same way that Roger Tory Peterson's field guides help bird watchers identify their quarry.

Just out in its fourth edition, the 573-page tome identifies practically every flowering plant any New Mexican has wanted to identify.

"We probably have half of all New Mexico plants in the book," says Ivey, 79, "but 90 percent of the ones that people are likely to see and want to know the names of."

The new edition contains about 160 more plants than the previous one, says Ivey, and that number includes some 30 more grasses and 15 new cactuses. …

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