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Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of Britain and Northern Europe - Collins Pocket Guide. Paperback – 4 Feb 1984


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st edition (4 Feb. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002191369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002191364
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Fitter and Alastair Fitter, Illustrated by Ann Farrer

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
Clear colour illustrations and concise informative descriptions. The Key is a little peculiar though proves useful when looking for prompts according to habitat types ie, heath, wetlands, chalk etc. This guide is limited when you have to differentiate between very similar species and sub-species - for more detailed work Hubbard or Francis Rose may prove more useful. However I do not hesitate in recommending this book for general field use, it is more appealling to the eye than Hubbard !
Hopefully Collins will look to update this fine book with a second edition and make it superb.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Nisbet on 28 July 2007
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Nice clear layout, manageable size, good illustrations and descriptions. A bit fiddly having to leaf to the back of the book for the maps, which is a shame, as the maps are very useful for eliminating mis-identified plants due to location.

I like the idea of the keys and got quite excited about them but found using them in anger a bit frustrating. There are a few inconsistencies too, e.g: Arrhenatherum elatius (False Oat-grass) is described as "ligules blunt", but the key for it is DL - Ligule POINTED). I've pretty much given up on the keys now and just leaf through until I spot likely matches then read the descriptions.

All in all a practical field-guide but I'm still not sure about those keys.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 9 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
Finally a modern field guide with color plates and species presentations on facing pages! The range maps are still tucked away at the very end, though. But then, perhaps we really are spoiled with good books here on Amazon?

Grasses, sedges and rushes usually get short-shrifted in field guides to flowering plants. As for ferns, they aren't flowering plants to begin with. To remedy this unfortunate gap in our standard floras, Richard Fitter and friends brings us "The grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns of Britain and Northern Europe". In good old insular fashion, the British definition of Northern Europe is somewhat strained. We're really talking Northwestern Europe: the British Isles, Iceland, Scandinavia, West Germany, Benelux and northern France.

25 families have been included: Gramineae, Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Juncaceae...and the rest are ferns.

You might not get a thrill out of this "grass", but I still think it's worth, shall we say, four stars?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 29 Oct. 2013
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Needed this/a book to identify grasses for a Uni assessment and it was fantastic. Clear detailed drawings. Recommend it for anybody.
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An interesting type of key is used in this book. Designed to make it easier to key out a specimen. Only used it a few times so can't really comment on how good it is in that way but its the only smal book which includes ferns, grasses, sedges and rushes so its a useful field guide.
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