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on 11 August 2007
Accurate identification of useful wild plants with practical guidance on how to use them.

117 superb full colour plates opposite species descriptions for easy recognition.

Over 400 species described and illustrated.

This intriguing field guide clearly describes and illustrates with superb especially commissioned paintings over 400 species of useful wild plants found in Britain and Northern Europe. These include seaweeds, lichens and fungi, as well as many familiar flowering plants. The descriptions, apart from providing a full botanical identification, give detailed information under the following headings: habitat; distribution; active ingredients; effect; parts of the plant used and application. Details of the preparation of such things as infusions with medicinal herbs and suggested recipes with edible plants are included under the last heading.

The species are arranged according to plant families. However, there are extensively cross-referenced keys to the various uses of the plants enabling the reader to locate easily the type of plant that he or she might require. An introduction to the collection and preparation of the various types of plant are included, as are glossaries of botanical and medicinal terms.

This absorbing and beautiful book written by an eminent botanist will fascinate everyone interested in the natural world.

Dr EDMUND LAUNERT, a graduate of the universities of Jena and Munich, is a botanist, author and translator of botanical books. His present research at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is into tropical grasses, and he is also editor of two international journals. Dr Launert has always been interested in the uses of wild plants and passionately believes in their beneficial qualities. His other interests are applied arts and antiques and he has written a book on European porcelain. He has worked painstakingly with the two artists whose splendid work illustrates his book.

ROGER GORRINGE has a wide background in illustration, but since 1973 has specialized in natural history subjects, which are his greatest interest. His work is very well-known, and he also lectures and teaches.

ANNE DAVIES graduated in arts from Manchester University in 1972. Subsequently she pursued her great love, botanical illustration, forming associations with the British Museum (Natural History) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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on 9 September 2012
"The Hamlyn Guide to Edible and Medicinal Plants of Britain and Northern Europe" by Edmund Launert is intended as a field guide, but lacks keys. I'm not entirely sure how useful it might be. Apart from plants, it also includes fungi. Colour plates and text are on facing pages. Essentially, this is a field guide with added tips on how the plants can be used in food preparation or medication. Some of them are unexpected. Did you know that parts of the fireweed can be eaten as a vegetable, and that its leaves are good for tea?

Since fireweed is about the only wild flowering plant I can identify, and since it grows pretty much everywhere, I suppose I could survive being "left behind", after all... :D
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on 11 October 2015
Very detailed and technical - print very small
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on 9 December 2015
Excellent book. I tal it everywhere with me
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on 27 April 2016
great book
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