The 2021 edition of Plants of the Bodie Hills is now available as a free PDF on the Downloads page.
This new edition is at last more of a proper “Flora” than an “Annotated Checklist,” because it now includes keys to all of the species. It includes keys to families and genera too, except for two (not so minor) exceptions: the key to dicot families (class Magnoliopsida) and the key to grass genera (family Poaceae) are still in progress. These are both very challenging technically, whether they are built up from scratch or simplified down from existing keys that encompass many more taxa in a much wider area than the Bodie Hills. I hope to add those last two keys in a future edition.
Adding numerous keys and several more species has stretched the document to 116 letter-size pages. Note that you have 2 options for how to use it: 1) load the PDF onto a mobile device or 2) print the PDF yourself.
- Using a mobile device: I’ve found the PDF to be quite readable on my iPhone 8+ (in the Books app), although it helps that I’m near-sighted. It’s even easier to read on an iPad, other tablet, or laptop. A phone or tablet is pretty easy to carry in the field, but you may want to secure it with a lanyard or wrist strap. (Personally, I like the ones from PodFob.)
- Printing the PDF: You can print the PDF yourself or at a local print shop, but I highly recommend printing it 2-sided to conserve paper and reduce bulk and weight in the field. A comb or spiral binding, binder clip, or other binding will hold it together.
Your additions, corrections, comments, or questions are always welcome.
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Tim, What a labor of love and interest! I took a quick look at the PDF and it’s brilliant. I hope people will realize how much time and effort went into this work and show the proper appreciation. It’s pushing 59 years since my first plant taxonomy class, a lot of names have changed but I can sure appreciate all of your effort. I hope there will be folks that get out and use all of your hard work. I’ll have to see how the year unfolds to see whether or not I make it up there again.
Thanks again for all of your effort, Keith Thomps
Thank you, Keith! Yes, it’s a lot of work, but interesting, and all the nomenclatural changes do help to keep the little gray cells active.