BSBI Handbook: Broomrapes

Review

Read Peter Marren's review of this BSBI Handbook for British Wildlife magazine here.

Broomrapes of Britain & Ireland: BSBI Handbook #22

The most recent addition to our series of BSBI Handbooks was published on 1st May 2021. Broomrapes of Britain & Ireland, BSBI Handbook number 22, is by Dr Chris Thorogood, Deputy Director and Head of Science at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum; and Dr Fred Rumsey, Senior Curator in Charge of Historical Collections, Algae, Fungi and Plants Division, Life Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London.

This new Handbook is 152 pages long and covers 16 species and 7 infra-specific taxa in the family Orobanchaceae, providing identification guidance and keys as well as information on life-cycle, habitats and ecology.

The Handbook is illustrated in colour throughout with photographs, line drawings and BSBI distribution maps, many of which compare the distributions of these parasitic plants with those of their primary hosts.

BSBI members were able to order their copy of Broomrapes of Britain & Ireland (RRP £17.50) at the special price of £12.50 exclusive of P&P. This exclusive members-only offer has now ended but the Handbook can still be purchased from Summerfield Books and other natural history book-sellers.

Read our exclusive interview with Dr Chris Thorogood about the new Handbook, his life as a botanist and how he creates the fabulous plant illustrations featured in the Handbook.