BSBI Handbook: Lady’s-mantles

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Alchemilla: Lady’s-mantles of Britain and Ireland: BSBI Handbook #24

The latest addition to our series of BSBI Handbooks for difficult plants is Alchemilla: Lady’s-mantles of Britain and Ireland, by Mark Lynes, published in April 2022.

The UK and Irish Alchemilla flora stands at twenty species: fifteen natives and five introductions. Of the native species, four are recently-published names by the author of this new work, set to become the standard for the genus in these islands.

Sections on the Alchemilla plant, guidance on identification, synopsis, dichotomous key, and key-character tables, precede the full species-accounts. Each species has sections on etymology; distribution, habitat and status (for most species, contributed by BSBI Head of Science Dr Kevin Walker); general appearance and full description; distribution map; and the crucial discussions on confusion species. Diagrams illustrate distribution, density and posture of stem and leaf hairs. Numerous colour images show key comparative features of each species.

BSBI members benefited from a pre-publication offer on this Handbook, paying only £12.50/ €14.75  rather than the RRP of £20.00 (plus postage & packing). This special offer has now closed but the Handbook is available either as an eBook from the BSBI website for £10.00 or in print from Summerfield Books and other natural history booksellers.