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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Review of Jim Fowler's new book about the Green Swamp

March 29, 2015

Jim's book "Orchids, Carnivorous Plants, and Other Wildflowers of the Green Swamp, North Carolina" is not just a field guide to the flora of the Green Swamp Preserve and the Greater Green Swamp area, but an introduction to the history of this wonderful biologically diverse region. He answers the question what is the Green Swamp, describes in detail the characteristics that make it unique, talks about how fire is critical to the diversity of longleaf pine savannas, and current pressures that effect the future of the preserve.


Unlike some field guides which show a single image of each species with the name and a brief description, Jim expands on each entry with multiple photos(e.g. close-ups of the flowers), details on identification, what the scientific names mean, blooming times, and the habitat where the species grows. His images are outstanding it both their detail and clarity. This guide is made to be used in the field.

Spiranthes eatonii (Eaton's ladies -tresses orchid)
Sarracenia flava var. cuprea (Copper-top pitcher plant)

Wildflowers of the Green Swamp

If you are interested in orchids, carnivorous plants or wildflowers, this book is a must read. I've been hiking in the Green Swamp since the late 1980's. Jim's new book encourages me to return again and again to find many of the botanical treasures I've yet to see. For those who have yet to visit the preserve, read his book and you too will want to go exploring this truly botanical paradise located in scenic North Carolina.

For more information about Jim's book and to order a copy, ck out his blog:

And about the preserve, go to The Nature Conservancy's website:


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