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Planned in five volumes, this critical flora provides a definitive account of the native species, naturalised species, frequent garden escapes and casuals found in the British Isles. Full keys and descriptions will enable the user to name all plants occurring in the wild, plus some ornamental trees and shrubs. For the first time detailed accounts of all the large apomictic genera are given and many infraspecific variants included. Each species entry begins with the accepted Latin name, synonyms and the common English name. A detailed description follows, including information on flowering period, pollination and chromosome number. Separate descriptions are given for infraspecific taxa. Information on the status, ecology and distribution (including worldwide distribution) of the species and infraspecific taxa is also given. Clear black and white line drawings illustrate an extensive glossary and also illuminate the diagnostic features in a number of groups of plants.
Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Conspectus of families; Text 86 Mimosaceae - 141 Lentibulariaceae; New taxa and combinations; Abbreviations; Glossary; Index.
Peter Sell joined the Herbarium in the University of Cambridge's Plant Science Department in 1944, holding the post of Assistant Curator from 1972 until his retirement in 1997. Gina Murrell is Assistant Curator of the Herbarium in the University of Cambridge's Plant Science Department. She has worked with Peter Sell over a period of 30 years, and together they have collected a quarter of the British Herbarium's 200,000 specimens.
From the reviews of Volume 5: '... accurate, detailed and all-embracing accounts of each species.' Irish Naturalists' Journal '... an excellent beginning in an impressive undertaking.' HortScience '... a solid reference book of straight taxonomy.' Plant Talk