Field Guide to Liverwort Genera of Pacific North America

W. B. Schofield
Illustrated by Patricia Drukker-Brammall and Muriel Pacheco

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  • Published: 2002
  • Subject Listing: Natural History
  • Bibliographic information: 232 pp., 93 line drawings, 7 x 10 in.
  • Territorial rights: N/A in Canada
  • Published with: Global Forest Society, Vancouver and San Francisco
  • Contents

Field Guide to Liverworts of the North Pacific Coast is the first comprehensive guide to liverworts and hornworts from southernmost California to Alaska. Small and insignificant to the casual eye, liverworts and hornworts are sometimes confused with mosses and lichens. Yet botanically they are quite distinctive and under a hand lens, these plants can assume a surprising elegance.

The book describes representative species of each genus in the Pacific Coastal region, and explains how to collect and identify liverworts with the naked eye or aided by a 12x hand lens. Keys are provided to assist the collector in deciphering and identifying genera. The book introduces the role of liverworts in vegetation, their distribution patterns, and a history of collecting in the region. Graceful and informative line drawings accompany detailed discussions of each genus. A substantial glossary and comprehensive checklist are included.

This useful guide to genera found abundantly in the region will be welcomed not only by the professional field botanist, but by the enterprising amateur naturalist who wishes to discover these bryophytes' unusual beauty and fascinating variety.

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W. B. Schofield is professor emeritus of botany at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Introduction to Bryology and Some Common Mosses of British Columbia and coauthor of An Evolutionary Survey of the Plant Kingdom and Plant Diversity: An Evolutionary Approach.

"Wilf Schofield is one of the most respected bryologists in North America. He has produced a comprehensive study of liverworts of the North Pacific region. Each liverwort genus is illustrated by an excellent, full-page scientific drawing that will make recognition easy. The substantial glossary is invaluable. This book is one of a kind- and one of high quality."
-Arthur R. Kruckeberg, author of The Natural History of Puget Sound Country
Structure of Liverworts and Hornworts
Liverworts and Hornworts Compared to Mosses
How to Collect Liverworts and Hornworts
History of Collectors
Habitats of Liverworts and Hornworts
Seasonality of Liverworts and Hornworts
Distribution Patterns of Liverworts and Hornworts in the Region
Critical Determination
Latin Names
Implications of Liverworts to People
Key to Determine Genera of Liverworts and Hornworts in the Region
Use of the Hand Lens
Use of the Key
Genera of Liverworts and Hornworts
Checklist of Liverworts, Hornworts, and Takakia

"An excellent guide for the novice and the beginning student of bryology."