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Outstanding Mosses & Liverworts of Pennsylvania & Nearby States Spiral-bound – April 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0976092575 ISBN-10: 0976092573 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.; 1st edition (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976092573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976092575
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last an accessible field guide for common Pennsylvania Mosses. The beautiful color photographs and clear descriptions make this book suitable for the non-botanist." --Linda Ingram, Nolde Forest Environmental

"Bryophytes are an unjustifiably neglected group, and Munch's book will inspire both amateur and professional interest." --Steve Grund, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Her enthusiasm for these overlooked but fascinating plants is contagious." --Sue Wolf, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association

"Bryophytes are an unjustifiably neglected group, and Munch's book will inspire both amateur and professional interest." --Steve Grund, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Her enthusiasm for these overlooked but fascinating plants is contagious." --Sue Wolf, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association

"Bryophytes are an unjustifiably neglected group, and Munch's book will inspire both amateur and professional interest." --Steve Grund, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Her enthusiasm for these overlooked but fascinating plants is contagious." --Sue Wolf, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association

About the Author

Susan Munch teaches botany at Albright College in Reading PA and frequently leads nature walks and directs workshops on ferns, mosses, and liverworts in Pennsylvania. Her experience with lower plants is also extensive in Ohio and Maryland. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By K. Frank on July 27, 2008
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The subject of this book, a guide to mosses and liverworts, is challenging. For those living in Pennsylvania and nearby states, all regional guides published in the last half century require taxonomic expertise. For liverworts, it's Rudolf Schuster's The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America East of the Hundreth Meridian, 6 volumes, 4,668 pages, over a thousand dollars if you are lucky enough to find a copy. For mosses, it's Crum and Anderson's two volume Mosses of Eastern North America, 1328 pages, published over 35 years ago and available on Amazon for over $400. You might try How to Know the Mosses and Liverworts 2nd edition, by Conrad and Redfearn, but the guide covers the entire country and consists of dichotomous keys illustrated with line drawings.
Susan Munch's Outstanding Mosses & Liverworts of Pennsylvania and Nearby States is the only guide with color photographs. Spiral bound, 89 pages, and reasonably priced, it is designed to help people get started identifying mosses and liverworts. By selecting conspicuous and relatively common species, the author makes the process of identification feasible. For identifying specimens, I found it helpful to thumb through the pages and scan the photographs, much as I would a field guide to wildflowers. Opposite each page of photographs is a page of text describing the species illustrated. The photographs give sharp, close-up images of diagnostic features. The text is engaging and provides ecological and taxonomic information with a minimum of jargon. For more comprehensive taxonomic sources, the author provides a list of references.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Barringer on August 9, 2008
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This book is a good, field-based introduction to the common mosses and liverworts of the northeastern United States. It is an ideal starting point for those who have noticed mosses and liverworts and want to learn more. The large color photographs make it easy to recognize the most common species and the text describes the habitats where these plants can be found. Its size makes it easy to carry and use.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Gruben on November 7, 2010
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I am a Master Naturalist attempting to identify mosses of the Northern Neck of VIrginia and this is the closest to a guide for this area as I could find. I have found several and am now attempting to cross check with USDA and experts in the area. I would be lost without this book as a reference.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deb D Digger on January 20, 2012
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I have been looking for an introductory book on mosses and liverworts for my botanical club, and am happy to have found this one. The book is well thought out. It is small and spiral bound so that you can hold the open book flat in one hand. The pages are heavy with a smooth coating. The paper cover is also a good weight.

As soon as you open the cover -- either front or back -- you'll see how to identify these plants. Simple line drawings clearly depict the parts, with mosses on one page and liverworts on the other. There's an introduction that describes the life cycles of liverworts and mosses, their ecology and the main groups.

For the most part, each genus is allotted one spread, with photos on the left page and text on the right. The photos are clear. Where the caption describes a particular feature, the author points it out with a red arrow. The magnification is given for each photo, so you're not left to guess the actual size of a species. For example, there's a great shot of a Polytrichum capsule at 15 X magnification showing 64 teeth (who knew?), but most photos are lower magnification, so you'll do fine with a 10 X lens. The text descriptions complement the photos and also identify the most likely habitat for each genus.
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