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Mosses, Lichens, and Ferns
Of Northwest North America
By Dale Vitt, Janet Marsh, and Robin Bovey
There are thousands of books in print about wildflowers, but very few covering lichens, ferns, or bryophytes like mosses and liverworts. We are surrounded by these lowly, spore-producing plants, yet few people pay much attention to them. In short, they haven't got the press they deserve! That's why Mosses Lichens and Ferns is such a valuable book.
This book brings the small yet beautiful world of mosses, liverworts, lichens, and ferns to those interested in understanding more about their surroundings. These plants are relatively inconspicuous plants which nonetheless play significant roles in the ecology of forests and tundra. Mosses Lichens and Ferns helps answer questions about colorful and mossy-like growths found on rocks and trees, carpeting the forest floor, or clinging to rocks along the water's edge, plus the ferns. For the naturalist who wants to know something about everything, this is the perfect book to open up this otherwise hidden world of the spore-producing plants and lichens. Mosses Lichens and Ferns includes a short technical key plus hundreds of vivid color photographs in a well-organized format.
Little information is available on the edible, medicinal, or utilitarian uses of most mosses, liverworts, lichens, or ferns, but the authors have included notes where available.
More than 370 species are included in the text, each illustrated in color, and representing the northwest from Alaska to southern Oregon and from the Pacific Ocean to Montana and Saskatchewan. There is simply no other guide on the market that covers the subject so thoroughly and vividly. Lone Pine Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-55105-569-5. 296 pages.