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Mosses, Lichens and Ferns of Northwest North America [Paperback]

Dale Vitt

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dec 12 2002
By magellan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The beautiful photos of lichens and mosses are the best feature of this book. Even many of the harder to identify crustose lichens are included and equally well photographed in this handsome guide. It is difficult to get a handle on lichen identification without some formal training, but this book will enable you to at least make identifications for some of the easier foliose and fruticose ones, such as parmelia or usnea, for example, and perhaps the more difficult ones too as you become more knowlegeable and experienced. The crustose lichen, rhizocarpon geographicum, for example, isn't that hard to identify from the tile-like pattern it makes on rocks and the lime-green color and black apothecia on the plant thallus.
Along with the photos, there are good descriptions and range maps showing plant distributions.
I had the opportunity to take supposedly the only full-semester lichenology class being taught that year in the entire U.S. by the late, great Harry Thiers, back in the mid-80's at San Francisco State University, a graduate botany course in which I'm proud to say I got an A. So I have some formal training in the area, and feel I can judge a good book on the subject when I see it, and this beautifully illustrated field guide is definitely worth the relatively modest price.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed pictorial guide to primitive plants Oct. 19 2001
By J. Mark Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Focused on the moist parts of western North America, this guide uses photos, range maps, and keys to identify and describe the primitive plants that are everywhere around us, but poorly understood. Great for plant exploration in the cool parts of the year. If you've ever wondered about those beautiful green carpeted forest floors, the delicate life growing on trees and rocks, or the lacey ferns in the fields and woods, this book is for you.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of regional information Dec 25 2007
By T. Vanover - Published on Amazon.com
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- As a graduate student I read many books focused on mosses and lichens. This guide is quite a refreshing addition to my library. It is easy to read and in English - not scientific jargon! I find it to be a good collection of information about the 'Mosses, Lichens & Ferns in NW North America'. I purchased it as a regional reference of moss and lichen data. I was not disappointed. The inclusion of ferns and liverworts is very appropriate for this region of the continent! (Some of the pictures aren't as great as those in Lichens of North America - but still good.) It is just the right size for a day pack complete with good quality paper. Another quality Lone Pine Product.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unless you are a lichen expert don't buy this book Nov. 21 2010
By Booklover - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband and I recently moved to the Northwest Cascades. I bought this book to help me identify the lichens in our local forests. Unfortunately, unless you have training in lichenology (like the 2 previous reviewers) this book will leave you in the dark. There are essentially no common names used or listed in the appendix. The photos are good but not perfect. A lichen found on almost every other tree in our local state park remains a mystery to me. This books needs a disclaimer on the cover of "For Experts Only".
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 20-Year Old Book Oct. 7 2008
By Barry A. Grivett - Published on Amazon.com
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A little troubled by the age of this guidebook; still, I cannot disagree with the other 4 & 5-star reviews. I purchased this book solely on the recommendation of a naturalist friend; unfortunately, without realizing it does not REALLY cover my area (San Jose, CA). So, I have little/no opportunity to use/evaluate it. I should have been more careful.

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