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The Ferns of Britain and Ireland

The Ferns of Britain and Ireland

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521586580

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  • This user-friendly field-guide describes and illustrates the ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails native to Britain and Ireland, giving comprehensive entries for over 100 species and hybrids. Each entry gives a brief 'pen picture' which outlines the key features of each species, supported by clear and informative frond silhouette illustrations. Valuable additional information on distribution, ecology and biology is provided in the form of 'Field Notes'. Many improved silhouette illustrations have been prepared for this updated edition and additional material on difficult groups, such as the spleenworts and buckler ferns, has been included. The accessible style and format of the first edition has been retained, enabling many European as well as British ferns to be identified accurately by amateurs and professionals alike.

    • Authoritative - the first edition established itself as the definitive modern field-guide to British ferns
    • Improved and expanded - new clearer illustrations prepared for many species and additional material on difficult groups included
    • Updated - includes all the taxonomic changes which have come into force since the first edition was published
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'It is heartening in these days, when so many authors assume the 'amateur' is incapable of serious study, that an enthusiastic expert has carried on the splendid tradition of helping the informed amateur naturalist as well as the professional botanist - and given people a tool to take them further into a fascinating subject.' Trevor James, BBC Wildlife

    '… invaluable book … clear and succinct accounts of every species.' Trevor James, BBC Wildlife

    '… enlarged, expanded and greatly improved … photographs which are relevant, informative and, frequently, beautiful … The second edition is a great improvement on the excellent first, and is accessible by the specialist and beginner alike, both of whom will have much to gain from reference to, or browsing in, Dr Page's book.' James Merryweather, New Phytology

    'This book is a good and valuable read and it is the most comprehensive book on British and Irish ferms. As these Isles harbour a wealth of species the book is of great interest to fern enthusiasts from abroad. If you do not have the first edition, this book is a must.' J. C. Vogel, Fern Gazette

    ' … this is still clearly the best book available on British pteridophytes.' F. J. Rumsey, Annals of Botany

    'Ferns of Britain and Ireland maintains its place as the best book on ferns in Britain.' Edinburgh Journal of Botany

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521586580
    • length: 564 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 161 b/w illus. 150 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Preface and acknowledgements to the first edition
    Foreword
    1. Introduction
    2. Component parts of a fern
    3. Glossary of terms
    4. Taxonomic list of native species and hybrids
    5. Chart keys to the main pteridophyte groups
    6. Multi-access keys
    7. Botanical sub-divisions of Britain and Ireland
    8. Altitudinal distribution of native pteridophytes
    9. Environmental factors influencing native pteridophyte ranges
    Part I. The Ferns:
    10. Adiantum
    11. Anogramma
    12. Asplenium
    13. Asplenophyllitis
    14. Athyrium
    15. Blechnum
    16. Botrychium
    17. Ceterach
    18. Cryptogamma
    19. Cystopteris
    20. Dryopteris
    21. Gymnocarpium
    22. Hymenophyllum
    23. Ophioglossum
    24. Oreopteris
    25. Osmunda
    26. Phegopteris
    27. Phyllitis
    28. Pilularia
    29. Polypodium
    30. Polystichum
    31. Pteridium
    32. Thelypteris
    33. Trichomanes
    34. Woodsia
    Part II. Clubmosses and Quillworts:
    35. Diphasiastrum
    36. Huperzia
    37. Lycopodiella
    38. Lycopodium
    39. Selaginella
    40. Isoetes
    Part III. Horsetails:
    41. Equisetum
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    C. N. Page

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