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Atlas of British and Irish Hawkweeds (Pilosella Hill and Hieracium L.)

Distribution Atlas
By: David J McCosh(Author), Tim CG Rich(Author)
475 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
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  • Atlas of British and Irish Hawkweeds ISBN: 9780901158543 Edition: 2 Paperback Aug 2018 In stock
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The first edition (2011) of Atlas of British and Irish Hawkweeds was based on David McCosh's database of c.19,000 Hieracium and Pilosella records, representing over 420 species as defined in Peter Sell and Gina Murrell's Flora of Great Britain and Ireland (2006). Since this edition, various changes have been made to the Hieracium flora of Britain and Ireland. Eleven species have been added to the list and a further eleven, formerly thought to be the same as related Scandinavian species, have been renamed. The names previously used for these species have been included as synonyms in this new edition.

As in the first edition, each species account has Latin and English names, distribution map at hectad resolution (pre and post 1960 records are indicated by different symbols), representative silhouette, brief notes, list of vice-counties from which it has been recorded, and IUCN threat category. There is also a list of species accepted for each vice-county. The new edition has been formatted in a larger size than the original edition making the maps easier to read.

This second edition incorporates a significant number of records from field work and from additional herbaria. The bibliography gives publication details for the new or renamed species. Plants that with present taxonomic knowledge cannot be ascribed to species and share the characteristics of a basal rosette, cauline leaves 0-1(2), phyllaries with numerous to dense glandular hairs and without simple hairs are referred to informally as H.exotericum agg. No attempt has been made to map such plants, which are widespread. Hieracium species thought to no longer occur (extinct native or introduced species with no recent records) are relegated to Appendix 1, together with plants of uncertain occurrence. Appendix 2 is a new addition, with images of selected leaves of all species with blotched or spotted leaves, as this can be a short-cut to identification. Sell & Murrell's (2006) numbering has been retained for ease of cross-referencing, adding a letter for additional species, usually at the end of the relevant section (e.g. 46a Hieracium jonesianum).

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  • Excellent
    By David 29 Sep 2018 Written for Paperback
    This is an indispensable book for anyone wanting to get properly into the challenge of identifying Hawkweeds, which isn't a standalone work (having primarily maps with location notes and large plant silhouettes) but an adjunct to other works that define Hawkweeds, particularly the key and descriptions in Sell and Murrell's Flora of Great Britain and Ireland vol 4. As you work through that key, you can, with its same numbering, refer directly to this work to assist you both visually and in regards to location. Conversely, if you are living at or visiting a place, you can prepare yourself for what to expect to meet using the per-vice-county species lists at the end or by browsing quickly through the maps. At the back are leaf photographs for speeding the identification of the blotched/spotted-leafed species.
    The paper quality is excellent, the pages large allowing for its large clear typeface, the index also being of helpfully large print, and the cover laminated for durability. The price has also been kept very low, encouraging as many as possible to acquire it to help them with the task of identification.
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Distribution Atlas
By: David J McCosh(Author), Tim CG Rich(Author)
475 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
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