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Rich, T.C.G. & Jermy, C., 2012

Plant Crib 2012

Consists of a large number of accounts of various genera or small groups of species which are difficult to identify. The accounts are by a variety of specialists, some previously published elsewhere. The work is intended to augment rather than duplicate Stace's New Flora (1997 edition), so the accounts of some groups that appeared in earlier works have been removed.

Replaces and updates the 1988 Plant Crib, Wiggington & Graham's "Guide to the Identification of some of the more Difficult Vascular Plant Species" and "The BM Fern Crib".

Highly recommended as a source of uptodate information when Stace's New Flora lacks sufficient detail. It is especially useful for vegetative material, hybrids etc. The problem, as always with such works, is knowing when to consult it!

The accounts for most of the genera are available for download from the BSBI website, and many have been updated since the original publication.

Publisher Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) (BSBI)
Web site
Comments and Corrigenda P76: peduncle lengths for Quercus robur and petraea are reversed.

Q. petraea is the SESSILE Oak with SHORT peduncles (but long petioles)
Q. robur is the PEDUNCULATE Oak with LONG peduncles (but short petioles)

Official list of corrections can be downloaded from:
Coverage A selection of difficult groups from around the UK.
Illustrations Many useful line drawings accompany the text.
Identify With x8 or x10 hand lens (also useful to examine under a Stereo Microscope).

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

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


previous edition Rich, T.C.G. & M.D.B. & Perring, F.H., 1988
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