Webbs An Irish Flora
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Cork University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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The aim of this book is to provide all those interested with a clear and reliable means of identifying higher plants that grow wild in Ireland, and to provide it in a compact format and at a price that is reasonable. The descriptions have, therefore, been made as brief as is consistent with clarity, and as non- technical as is...
HOW AND WHERE TO LOOK FOR PLANTS
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The best way for the beginner to learn how to find interesting plants and how to identify them is to go out on field excursions with a more expert friend. There are a large number of recognition points which are almost impossible to explain in books, but which can be taught in five minutes with the plants in one’s hand...
CONSERVATION AND LEGAL PROTECTION
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Like so many plants and animals throughout the planet, wild plants face threats from many sources ranging from habitat destruction through changes in land management to collection. The pressures on plants in Ireland are definitely not as intense as elsewhere; they are especially acute in tropical areas, where the clearance of an area of...
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
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The keys are devices to enable you to find your way as quickly as possible to the description that applies to the plant under consideration. They consist of a series of statements arranged in pairs, the statements of each pair being mutually contradictory, so that, as descriptions of a given plant, one of them must be true...
NOTES ON THE TEXT
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Overall there are 118 families included in this edition – a reduction from the 132 of the previous edition – though the number of species and subspecies included has risen to 1543. Those printed in bold-face type are accounted for in the keys. The remaining species and hybrids, which are mostly difficult to discriminate or...
GENERAL KEY TO FAMILIES OR GENERA
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KEY TO TREES, LARGE SHRUBS AND CLIMBERS IN WINTER
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In many plants the winter twigs bear, along their length, small buds with immediately below each a crescent-moon-shaped scar. The scar represents the former point of attachment of the now-shed leaf. These scars, and the dots or lines on them (which are the remnants of the veins or conducting tissue), are often...
AUTHORSHIP OF FAMILIES
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DESCRIPTIONS OF FAMILIES, GENERA AND SPECIES
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Plants without flowers, producing spores, not seeds and with leaves virtually always (always in Irish species) containing only a single, unbranched vein. The spores are all similar in the Lycopodiaceae, but in the Selaginellaceae and Isoetaceae they are differentiated into large megaspores and much smaller...
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GLOSSARY OF TECHNICAL TERMS
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GLOSSARY OF SCIENTIFIC NAMES
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INDEX TO IRISH NAMES
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INDEX TO SCIENTIFIC NAMES AND AUTHORITIES
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INDEX TO COMMON ENGLISH NAMES
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Page Count: 560
Publication Year: 2012