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Rose, F., 1981

The Wild Flower Key - British Isles - N.W. Europe

The keys to families fill 18 pages and apply to plants in flower. This is followed by a set of keys to plants not in flower, arranged by habitat - these fill a further 45 pages.

The main text surveys the families, with keys to genera, and generic keys for the larger genera. The species accounts are arranged to face the illustrations, as far as possible, and include a brief description, distribution, habitat and flowering period. The slightly annoying habitat abbreviations are listed on p21 ("Hths" is heaths).

This is probably the preferred illustrated work of most higher plant botanists. It contains a phenomenal amount of information and good pictures, albeit not always showing the diagnostic features.

A new edition is in prep. (2005)

Publisher Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.
Pages 480
ISBN 0 7232 2419 6
Coverage 1400 spp are described and about 1000 illustrated. This includes almost all native and archeophyte spp of the British Isles, excluding grasses, sedges, rushes and critical groups.
Illustrations Numerous pages of good colour paintings, a few line drawings of common grasses, sedges and rushes.
Identify In the field (also useful to examine with x8 or x10 hand lens).
News A new edition was published in 2006

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

MAGNOLIOPSIDA (flowering plants) Identification Superseded
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