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Plant Life of Edinburgh and the Lothians

Flora / Fauna

Edited By: Philip M Smith, Robert OD Dixon and Patricia Cochrane

545 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Edinburgh University Press

Hardback | Nov 2002 | #133228 | ISBN: 0748613366
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About this book

Based on a twenty-year survey organised by the Botanical Society of Scotland, this is the most extensive and authoritative flora of the area to be published since 1927. In addition to a complete flora of vascular plants in the three Lothian vice-counties, the book includes:
Specialist chapters on topics ranging from fungi to ferns and from geology and climate to ethnobotany
A substantial Bryophyte Flora of Edinburgh and the Lothians
A discussion of land use changes and the ecological and phytogeographical indications from the survey
A description of the survey and details of the methods used in the compilation of the Flora.

A mine of information!detailed and authoritative !very readable !The sheer breadth of the information in this volume must make it an invaluable asset to any naturalist interested in lowland Scotland. A handsome and inexpensive volume that handles well ! This is a book that Scottish and northern botanists will not wish to be without. Useful and attractive book. I salute the organisational skill which defined the project's framework and maintained interest over such a long period, producing at the end a book which will indeed be 'of value to Scottish society' ! It is a very valuable contribution to Scottish botany and sets a high standard for future local Floras. A mine of information!detailed and authoritative !very readable !The sheer breadth of the information in this volume must make it an invaluable asset to any naturalist interested in lowland Scotland. A handsome and inexpensive volume that handles well ! This is a book that Scottish and northern botanists will not wish to be without. Useful and attractive book. I salute the organisational skill which defined the project's framework and maintained interest over such a long period, producing at the end a book which will indeed be 'of value to Scottish society' ! It is a very valuable contribution to Scottish botany and sets a high standard for future local Floras.


Contents

Preface; List of Plates; List of Authors; Chapter 1. Lothian Landscapes, Geology, Climate and Soil, P. A. Furley and K. A. Smith; Chapter 2. Fossils and Pollen: Indications of the Past Plant Life of the Lothians, W. J. Baird; Chapter 3. Moorland, Wetlands and Forest in the Lothians: The Growing Influence of Humans, P. M. Smith; Chapter 4. Microfungi of the Lothians, S. Helfer; Chapter 5. Macrofungi of the Lothians, R. Watling; Chapter 6. Stoneworts of the Lothians, N. F. Stewart; Chapter 7. Seaweeds of the Lothians, M. Wilkinson; Chapter 8. Lichens of the Lothians, B. J. Coppins; Chapter 9. A Bryophyte Flora of the Lothians, D. F. Chamberlain; Chapter 10. Ferns and Fern Allies of the Lothians, A. F. Dyer and H. S. McHaffie; Chapter 11. The Earlier Study of the Plants of Edinburgh and the Lothians, P. M. Smith; Chapter 12. The Botany of the Lothians Project, M. P. Cochrane, R. O. D. Dixon, J. Muscott, and P. M. Smith; Chapter 13. A Flora of the Lothians, J. Muscott, D. R. McKean and H. E. Jackson; Chapter 14. Casual and Invasive Aliens, D. R. McKean; Chapter 15. Notes from the Vice-counties, J. Muscott, D. R. McKean, A. J. Silverside and H. E. Jackson; Chapter 16. Phytogeography of the Lothians, P. M. Smith; Chapter 17. The Habitats, Distribution and Ecology of Plants in Edinburgh and the Lothians, P. M. Smith; Chapter 18. Land Use in the Lothians, G. Russell; Chapter 19. Ethnobotany of the Lothians, G. E. Kenicer and T. M. Darwin; References; List of Contributors to the Botany of the Lothians Project; Gazetteer; List of Synonyms; Index of Flora; General Index.

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Biography

P. M. Smith was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Botany at the University of Edinburgh

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