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The Sandhills region of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia is the subject of this fine volume in the Southern Gateways guide series from the University of North Carolina Press. The Sandhills comprise a narrow strip of land between the inner coastal area and Appalachians, containing nine distinct natural habitats. It is characterized by gently rolling hills, poor sandy soil, and an abundance of creeks and small rivers. It is known for longleaf pine and wiregrass with a botanically diverse community of more than 100 plant species.
The pages of this book are color-coded, like other volumes in the series, making it easy to use. Clear color photography makes the illustrations useful and understandable. Color coding by communities, such as turkey oak scrub, oak hickory forest, streamheads, and seepage slopes, moist pine flatwoods, and river terraces, blackwater rivers and cypress-gum swamps, beaver ponds, depression ponds, and vernal pools, helps you understand the special flora in each area. Many plants are unique to these special habitats. This guide will be invaluable to anyone venturing into these habitats, making sense out of an enormous variety of plant life.
— Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden