Flora Europaea. Vol. 1. Lycopodiaceae to Platanaceae.
Although some hundreds of national and regional floras for different parts of Europe exist, many are expensive, rare or in little-read languages, and much of the information they contain has been neglected or overlooked. Flora Europaea provides for the first time a synthesis on a continental scale; it is based on a critical review of existing literature and on studies in herbaria and in the field. It aims to be simple as well as authoritative, and it should enable a reader to name as far as its subspecies any fern, conifer or flowering plant which grows wild in Europe or is cultivated on a large scale. The Flora is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of London and the Editorial Committee is based in the British Isles, but the Committee is supported by advisory editors and regional advisers from all over Europe, and botanists of fourteen nationalities have contributed to the first volume. The text is in English, but a restricted vocabulary has been used and there is a glossary of Latin equivalents. Apart from keys and descriptions, information. is given on geographical distribution and, where possible, on habitat preference and chromosome number. All names used in current Floras or important monographs are cited in the text or index. The area covered is bounded by Spitsbergen, the Azores, the Mediterranean, and the Ural mountains. Maps are provided to illustrate the boundaries of Europe and of the subdivisions used in the work. There will be four volumes in all. The families are arranged on Engler's system, except that the Monocotyledonae are transferred to the end. Volume 1 also contains the introductory matter and the maps.-A.G.G.H.