Lavishly illustrated with nearly two-hundred color photographs, the book shows key botanical details of each species and its habitat, a general introduction to the various categories of rarity in New York, and a glossary. Herbaceous species include eight club mosses, thirty-eight ferns, and sixty-seven wildflowers, including thirty-four native orchids. The thirty-two woody species include both trees and shrubs. Information about each species covers its general distribution in New York, growing conditions, key identification characteristics, and notes about its natural history.
Dudley J. Raynal and Donald J. Leopold are both Distinguished Teaching Professors on the faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.