Friday, 29 May 2015

Critical Supplement to the Atlas of the British Flora

By complete coincidence in addition to the Atlas of the British Flora (please see post below) I have also been given a copy of the Critical Supplement to the Atlas of the British Flora edited by FH Perring, published by the Botanical Society of the British Isles in 1978. How that's interesting is the maps contained in this one give a more detailed view of the distribution of micro species, subspecies, varieties and hybrids. Here three dandelion species: Taraxacum palustre, Taraxacum spectabile and Taraxacum laevigatum.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Atlas of the British Flora

I was given a copy of Atlas of the British Flora edited by FH Perring and SM Walters and published for the Botanical Society of the British Isles by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd in 1962.
The atlas contains distribution maps of nearly all the flowering plants and ferns native or naturalised in the British Isles. There are over 400 pages of maps showing the distribution of around 1,700 species and in the back of the book are transparent overlays to help the user to interpret the data and determine soil preferences, climate limits, altitude range etc...

A you can see from the map here Dandelion Taraxacum is pretty much recorded all over the British Isles.

A friend gave me the book as they knew i'd love all the maps and data and it's true - i really enjoy looking through it, it's a fabulous book.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Huddersfield Dandelion Trail

People interested in dandelions contact me frequently and also link me to other projects and relevant information etc - and the other day my friend sent a link to this fab project Huddersfield Dandelion Trail by artist / writer Kevin Boniface.
There is a Facebook page for the project here

The image here, by Kevin Boniface, is taken on the trail.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Phytology Dandelion

A beautifully drawn dandelion by artist Talya Baldwin was sited on a billboard in London for the Phytology project. The billboard, installed at the South-West corner of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, is hosting an evolving series of interventions across the spring, summer and autumn of 2015. Phytology is an action-research project bringing together artists and botanists to explore the ecology and medicinal properties of wild plants and weeds common to derelict and undeveloped urban sites.
Phytology is a Nomad and Cape Farewell project supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England and more details can be found  here:

The photo above is by Michael Smythe