Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians

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Princeton University Press, 2013 - Nature - 391 pages
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This is the first book to help general readers recognize 200 common mosses of the Northeast and the Appalachian Mountains. With just this field guide, a hand lens, and a spray bottle--no microscopes necessary--readers will be able to identify and name many of the common species of mosses growing in the region's backyards, parks, forests, wetlands, and mountains. At the heart of this guide is an innovative, color-tabbed system that helps readers pick out small groups of similar species. Illustrated identification keys, colorful habitat and leaf photos, more than 600 detailed line drawings, and written descriptions help differentiate the species. This accessible book allows all nature enthusiasts to make accurate identifications and gain access to the enchanting world of mosses.



  • 200 species included

  • More than 600 detailed line drawings

  • More than 400 color photographs

  • Innovative color-tabbed system for species identification

  • Illustrated species identification keys

  • Helpful tips for moss collecting

 

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Contents

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
9
KEY FEATURES
10
KEY FEATURES PATH TO THE KEYS
16
HOW TO LOOK AT A MOSS
18
COLLECTING MOSSES
20
WHAT ARE MOSSES?
22
BASIC STRUCTURE OF MOSSES
25
LIFE HISTORY OF MOSSES
26
SPECIES TREATMENTS
33
HOW TO USE THE IDENTIFICATION KEYS
340
KEYS
341
HABITAT LISTS
380
MOSS PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
384
MOSS NAMES
385
INDEX
386
Copyright

WHAT GOOD ARE MOSSES?
28

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About the author (2013)

Karl B McKnight is associate professor of biology at St. Lawrence University. Joseph R. Rohrer is professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Kirsten McKnight Ward is a third-generation botanist/field guide author and professional artist. Warren J. Perdrizet is a recent graduate of St. Lawrence University with a BS in biology.

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