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Feb. 21, 2008

UI Press offers two new pocket flower guides, available March 1

"Lady's-slippers in Your Pocket" and "Ladies'-tresses in Your Pocket," two new pocket flower guides by botanist Paul Martin Brown, will become available from the University of Iowa Press on March 1.

Brown writes that although native orchids are increasingly threatened by pressure from population growth and development, observant hikers may find them in every state and province. These pocket guides to the lady's-slippers and ladies'-tresses are the first in a series that will cover all the wild orchids of the United States and Canada.

Brown provides general distributional information, time of flowering and habitat requirements for each species as well as a complete list of hybrids and the many different growth and color forms that make identifying orchids so intriguing for enthusiasts.

For the lady's-slippers he includes information on a dozen species, two additional varieties and six hybrids; and the ladies'-tresses guide includes information on six species, three additional varieties and seven hybrids.

Wild lady's-slippers grow from Alaska to Texas and ladies'-tresses occur from British Columbia to Florida. Most of these species are easy to identify based upon their general appearance, range and time of flowering.

These backpack-friendly laminated guides enable hikers to compare their finds with color photos and consult the keys that Brown has created. Following these steps enables both professional and amateur naturalists to achieve the satisfaction of identifying specific orchids in their native environment.

Brown serves as a research associate at the University of Florida Herbarium, the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Founder and editor of the North American Native Orchid Journal, he is the author of 11 books, most recently "Wild Orchids of the Northeast" and "Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Texas." He has discovered or named several new species of ladies'-tresses in the past 10 years.

"Lady's-slippers in Your Pocket" and "Ladies'-tresses in Your Pocket" are available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Allison Thomas, UI Press,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,