The first modern portable guide for those wishing to identify plants growing in the wild in the British Isles. Based on the author's now standard work, New Flora of the British Isles (2nd edition, 1997), this abridged version offers the same complete coverage and user-friendly features in a compact format that is particularly useful in the field. Additional information on growth habit, habitat and distribution is provided as each taxon is identified. There is no other book which provides a botanically accurate identification guide for field use.
'Learn how to use this and you'll learn a lot of botany.' The Darlington and Stockton Times'! a splendidly sound basis, summarizing all that has gone before, for the study of British and Irish plants as we enter the new millennium.' John Akeroyd, Plant Talk 'I am delighted to have such a wealth of information condensed into such a neat little book, which is an excellent companion for field-work in Britain and Ireland.' D. R. McKean, Edinburgh Journal of Botany Altogether this flora closes a gap and allows the botanist as well as the plant lover a quick and reliable orientation in the terrain. The price seems reasonable so that this flora can be warmly recommended. Norbert Leist, Journal of Plant Physiology
by RFJ in United Kingdom
It is difficult to convey how completely useless this book is to anyone with some knowledge of British plants. There are no species descriptions, every species has to be laboriously keyed out to confirm an identity. You can't just look up a couple of species which you are a bit unsure about to check the distinguishing characteristics, you have to use the key. This may be useful if you have no knowledge, but if you have a pretty good idea what a species is and just want to quickly confirm that you are right it is a complete waste of time. If anyone wants a pristine second hand copy get in touch. I have reverted to my 25 year old copy of CTW as my standard field flora.
Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; How to use this book; Signs and abbreviations; The diagnostic keys; Pteridophytes (Lycopodiopsida, Equisetopsida, Pteropsida); Pinopsida; Magnoliopsida (Magnoliidae, Liliidae); Glossary; Index.
Great for checking what your plant isn't. Possibly aimed at field botanists who have a working knowledge of plant families and are ready for something more than pictures. However used in conjunction with Fitter, Fitter and M Blamey (my personal favorite) or F. Rose it is just the ticket. I have been using my copy for many years now and wouldn't be without it. Need a new one as it is starting to disintegrate but out of print. Please reprint soon.