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Butcher, R.W., 1961

A New Illustrated British Flora (2 vols)

This was my first "proper" flora bought with the money earnt from my first saturay job in Woolworths. I used it for several years and learnt a lot of plants from it before I switched to CTW. Consequently I should have a soft spot for it. Unfortunately this isn't the case. It's overblown (large print, thick paper) has poor quality print, and the descriptions are inconsistent and badly proof-read. And somehow the drawings never seemed to show enough detail or the features you needed.

The good points: the drawings show seeds and roots, both difficult to find in other illustrated works.

Publisher Leonard Hill
Pages 1016 & 1080
Coverage All the British non-critical native species known at the time.
Illustrations Line drawings.
Identify In the Hand (also useful to examine with x8 or x10 hand lens).

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

TRACHEOPHYTA (vascular plants) Identification Superseded
PTERIDOPHYTA (ferns and allies) Identification Superseded
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