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Since its first publication in 1991, this book has become established as the standard work on the identification of the wild vascular plants of the British Isles. It contains full coverage of all British wild plants with user-friendly organisation and and includes specially compiled keys and descriptions.
This new edition includes the addition of more than 160 species, so that 4,800 taxa are now covered in varying degrees of detail and it also incorporates the new molecular system of classification based on DNA sequences. Furthermore, it includes 1600 species illustrations, rewritten distributions and an overhaul of the designation of degrees of rarity, with the introduction of a third, less rare, category.
Foreword David Bellamy;
Preface to the Third Edition;
Note on cover photographs;
Preface to the First Edition;
Preface to the Second Edition;
Synopsis of families;
How to use this book;
Signs and abbreviations;
Pteridophytes (Ferns & Fern-allies);
Lycophytes (Clubmosses and Quillworts);
Eusporangiate Ferns (Adder's-tongues and Moonworts);
Leptosporangiate Ferns (True Ferns);
Angiosperms (Flowering Plants);
Pre-Dicots (Primitive Angiosperms);
Eu-Dicots (True Dicotyledons);
Clive Anthony Stace BSc, PhD, DSc graduated from the University of London in 1959 and gained his doctorate at the Natural History Museum London in 1963. For the next 41 years he carried out research and teaching in the Universities of Manchester and Leicester, where he is now Emeritus Professor of Plant Taxonomy. His research mainly involved the taxonomy, biosystematics and cytogenetics of western European flowering plants. He has been a keen field botanist for over 60 years, and field-work was an important part of both his research and teaching programmes. He was President of the Botanical Society of the British Isles 1987-89. He has produced about 200 scientific papers and books, including Hybridization and the Flora of the British Isles (1975), Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics (1980, 1989) and Interactive Flora of the British Isles (2004). He was elected Honorary Fellow of the Linnean Society in 2004.
Summary of previous editions:
"The New Flora is a remarkable work [...] I for one have nothing but admiration for the accuracy of the text."
– British Wildlife
"Clive Stace's Flora is a tour de force, a mine of information and absolutely indispensable for anyone who has more than a passing interest in British plants."
– Trends in Ecology and Evolution
"Among the very best of Floras."
– Rudolf Schmid, University of California
"Clive Stace has become a household name amongst British field botanists since his first edition [...] I would recommend this new edition to any serious botanist."
– Scottish Wildlife
"[...] an authoritative and user-friendly Flora that will be our standard for taxonomy, nomenclature, and identification for some time to come."
"Stacey will be the flora of choice for all serious botanists in Britain and Ireland for the foreseeable future. It is THE book to use."
– M. F. Fay, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
"The New Flora of the British Isles is a standard not only among British botanists but also on the shelves of other European botanists, and I can only congratulate this outstanding presentation of the British flora."
– Lars Fröberg, Systematic Biology
"This reference is essential to anyone interested in this flora; no other text is as comprehensive."
– S. L. Timme, Choice Magazine
Praise for the second edition:
"Clive Stace has become a household name amongst British field botanists since his first edition of this guise was published in 1991 and it is pleasing to see that an updated edition is on the bookshelves so soon. The latest edition includes over 200 species and sub-species and has greatly improved text quality [...] The inclusion of additional line drawing [...] for the difficult groups such as brambles is a major advantage for the serious botanist. The further revision of alien and naturalised plants also helps to remove any ambiguities relating to these plants [...] I would recommend this new edition to any serious botanist."
– Dave Garner, Scottish Wildlife
"If you enjoyed using the first edition, it is well worth paying for the upgrade."
– Rodney Burton, The London Naturalist
"I can recommend it to everyone who looks for an outline of the plant diversity in the British Isles, a quick tool for identification of British plants and a model work for a synoptical treatment covering floristic and taxonomic knowledge."
– Zdenek Kaplan, Flora Giobotanica
"To conclude, Stace's Flora is a mine of information, a model of clarity and organization, and one that no serious Irish or British botanist should be without."
– Daniel L. Kelly, The Irish Naturalist Journal