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Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians (Princeton Field Guides) [Paperback]

Karl B McKnight , Joseph R. Rohrer , Kirsten McKnight Ward , Warren J. Perdrizet
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24 Feb 2013 Princeton Field Guides

This is the first book to help general readers recognize 200 common mosses of the Northeast and the Appalachian Mountains. With just this field guide, a hand lens, and a spray bottle--no microscopes necessary--readers will be able to identify and name many of the common species of mosses growing in the region's backyards, parks, forests, wetlands, and mountains. At the heart of this guide is an innovative, color-tabbed system that helps readers pick out small groups of similar species. Illustrated identification keys, colorful habitat and leaf photos, more than 600 detailed line drawings, and written descriptions help differentiate the species. This accessible book allows all nature enthusiasts to make accurate identifications and gain access to the enchanting world of mosses.



  • 200 species included

  • More than 600 detailed line drawings

  • More than 400 color photographs

  • Innovative color-tabbed system for species identification

  • Illustrated species identification keys

  • Helpful tips for moss collecting




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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (24 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691156964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691156965
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,246,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With a 10X loupe and this book, an entire new world can be opened to even a seasoned naturalist."--DRK, Wildlife Activist



"Since this is the first moss field guide for the eastern states covering most common species, it fills a need for those interested in these plants."--
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"I have no doubt that this guide will become a trusted field companion for outdoor educators and amateur naturalists, who may be new to moss identification, as well as to botanists interested in refreshing their moss identification skills. Common Mosses fills a long-standing void in moss field guides for the region, and, as such, this guide will make the identification of these small plants more accessible to a wider botanical audience."--J. M. Budke, Plant Science Bulletin



"This is a perfect book for the incipient bryologist of the temperate region, and is a pleasure to leaf through for the more experienced one. . . . I have seen quite a number of field guides to bryophytes that are intended for beginners or people who have a general interest in nature, and this book is one of the very best. Without compromises regarding scientific accuracy or illustration quality it introduces the relatively difficult mosses in a superb way."--Lars Hedenas, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

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"Full of clear diagrams, excellent photos, and evocative descriptions, this splendid guide shows readers what mosses are and how to study them. Vegetative and reproductive characteristics are presented so that different species can be readily compared, feature by feature. This remarkable, delightful book makes a great contribution to the understanding and appreciation of moss diversity, and to the conservation of mosses."--Susan Moyle Studlar, West Virginia University


"This attractive and inviting guide will serve an important function in promoting the study of common mosses by nonspecialists. The interesting combination of drawings, field pictures, and dissecting microscope shots is effective, and the authors offer accurate, relevant, and scientifically solid information. A great addition to the botanical and natural history literature."--Jon Shaw, Duke University



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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent little book 14 Aug 2013
By Sean
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For those wanting to get into mosses for the first time, as well as for those who think they know it all, this is an excellent little book. These ubiquitous plants are eautifully illustrated and clearly described, all you need more is a hand-lens. Where microscopic features might be useful, these are included too, and if you don't have (access to) a microscope then this book might just tempt you to consider one. The introduction is informative and readable, even entertaining. And the identification keys at the end are good, themselves with a wise introduction as to their best use. Mosses are almost everywhere, and this book might just stop many people from being unseeing to so much of astonishment, that they literally just walk on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book, helpful to beginners and experts alike. 20 Mar 2013
By Hero Garwen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should be on the shelf of any lover of the outdoors in northeastern U.S. The best part is the excellent photographs. They good enough for anybody to get at least close to a correct identification of the mosses they encounter. My only serious complaint is that the authors have used casual terms for moss parts without giving the corresponding technical terms in the book. It is supposed to make the book more accessible to non-professionals but it will make it hard for beginners to appreciate that lid means operculum when they try to use other books. Their identification method is a bit unorthodox and will take some getting used to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great moss guide in the timy world of moss (literature) 27 Dec 2013
By Sara - Published on Amazon.com
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Love it! Very in depth guide, as well as being well organized with a good field guide type binding with a plastic cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential ID Guide 5 Mar 2014
By Annie Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally, moss lovers, bryologists and botanists have an excellent resource for identifying mosses. Color photographs support the ID process of these miniature plants. It is an essential guide to learning about a variety of moss species. While intended for use along the East Coast and the Appalachian mountains, many species may be found in other parts of the country. Go Green With Mosses! -- Mossin' Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide for the moss fan 13 Mar 2014
By aquaticmind - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book for the moss fan on the east coast. Nice pictures although it could use a scale for pictures of leaves. Overall I like it and it is a good guide to take into the field. For each species it gives other possible species and points out the differences.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant! 17 Jan 2014
By Pokeberry Mary - Published on Amazon.com
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This will make my little forages into my woods much more fun. :) I got it with a book on lichens. I am collecting some mosses and lichens from my own woods to see if I can cultivate them, now with these I can figure out their proper names. Awesome.
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