When I was 13 and a Junior Naturalist at the local nature center (job description: clean the aquarium, wander around) I got really good at leaf identification with the help of this trusty li’l book:
Do you remember these? I had a whole collection of these Golden Guides. Pocket-sized, colorful, and glossy — they were so cute! I think I also had The Golden Guide to Butterflies and Moths, The Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals, and The Golden Guide to Pond Life. But I was definitely missing this volume:
I never knew this one existed, until I stumbled upon it on Amazon. From the image, it looks like a used library reference book, which is kind of ironic since it’s supposed to be a “field” guide after all. How will the young folk be able to accurately identify which fungi will wizz them into the stratosphere if they can’t check out the guidebook????
Anyway, even if you’re not into serving up cannabis cannoli or going out to graze on your opium poppies, this group of plants is pretty fascinating. I think Amy Stewart, one of the bloggers at Garden Rant, should write a book about hallucinogenic plants. What with her current project, The Drunken Botanist (subtitle: Celebrating Horticulture’s Contribution to Gettin’ Wasted) it sounds right up her alley! Whaddaya say, Amy?