Authors: Rosaline J Murphy, Christopher N Page, Rosemary E Parslow and Ian J Bennallick
Within the British Isles, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have a remarkably rich and varied fern flora, and this book is the culmination of many years of study by the authors of these enigmatic plants.
An invaluable guide to over 70 ferns clubmossess, quillworts and horsetails, this book covers species (both native and introduced), subspecies, varieties and hybrids.
Each account has a short description of the plant where relevant; the distribution in Europe (including the British Isles); and habitats and distribution in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Maps show distribution by a 2km x 2km square (tetrad) basis in Cornwall, and at a finer resolution (by six-figure grid reference) in the Isles of Scilly.
The introduction considers the various habitats in Cornwall, the climate, soils and geology and the effects of such activities as mining and china clay workings, and the special conditions on the Isles of Scilly.