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Lichens – An Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species
This edition of this popular book provides an invaluable guide to identifying the British and Irish species, both for the beginner and the more advanced lichenologist. Originally published by Richmond Press but being made available as a reprint by the BLS.
With detailed air pollution references and distribution maps, it offers the environmentalist and ecologist a concise work of reference, compact enough to be used in the field. The 7th edition conforms with the nomenclature of ‘Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland’ (LGBI) ed. Smith, C. W. et al (2009) and more recent changes. Over 1,000 species are treated.
This edition includes many species not currently in Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland and a section by Mark Powell on lichenicolous fungi on Physcia and Xanthoria.
Entries consist of a description of each species, a photograph, notes on habitat, chemical tests and line drawings of microscopic and other diagnostic features. Help is also provided in separating similar species.
The popular generic lateral key has been retained and enlarged together with a section on sterile species. A generic synopsis is included to assist the more experienced lichenologist.
The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland
No longer in print. This flora is now being replaced by The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland edition 3 which is being published on a family by family basis as an ongoing series of free-to-access pdf publications. These can be downloaded from the BLS website.
Microchemical Methods for the Identification of Lichens
No longer in print. 2nd edition, with two colour plates. Full of useful information on pigments, crystals, colour tests with reagents and TLC.
Usnea "Aide Memoire"
An A5 booklet with drawings and many useful tips for identifying the British species of this difficult genus.