Margaret B. Gargiullo, Ph.D
The mission of this book is to put the flora of New York City in an ecological context. Field guides and plant manuals offer almost no ecological information. On the other hand ecological texts concentrate on general principles and have only a scattering of specific plants that have been the subjects of various studies illustrating those general principles.
In this volume I have taken a limited, urban-suburban flora and added to each plant description as much ecological information as I could find. In most cases, the more common plants have more information, but some uncommon plants have been subjects of a number of studies.