The Field Handbook to British and Irish Dandelions is a completely revised edition including new Taraxacum species described over the last 24 years, updated taxonomy and nomenclature, new keys, updated BSBI distribution maps and identification notes. It will prove to be an essential successor to the original 1997 BSBI Handbook No. 9, Dudman & Richards Dandelions of Great Britain and Ireland and the Dandelion accounts in the Plant Crib.
Digital photography has revolutionised Dandelion identification, as images capturing colour and form enable plants to be named without the need for dried specimens. In this new BSBI Handbook, no. 23 in the series of Handbooks for difficult plant groups, world expert John Richards has used photographs to summarise his encyclopaedic knowledge in a new and accessible format. The images have been provided by 39 photographers, reflecting the increased interest in Dandelions.
The handbook includes a general introduction, guidance on identification, keys, accounts of the 239 species with revised descriptions, 3-6 colour images per taxon, showing key features with a distribution map, and references, a glossary and an index.