Hardback | 224 pages | 210 x 148mm
Publication September 2019 | ISBN 9781913134037
Wales has a rich and varied flora of about 1200 native and anciently-introduced flowering plants, conifers and ferns.
Amongst these are many special plants ranging from arctic-alpine relics of the last Ice Age to recently evolved species and medicinal herbs. They range from short-lived annual grasses to long-lived trees and vary ecologically from those growing on the sea shores to those on the tops of mountains.
Some are widespread around the world and some are endemics only found in Wales. The aim of this book is to celebrate 101 of our rarer Welsh plants, to summarise what is currently known about them and to raise their profile in the national consciousness.
Written by Tim Rich and Lauren Marrinan.
Lauren Marrinan studied Ecology at Cardiff University alongside working in scientific engagement at Amgueddfa Cymru. She now works as a Biology teacher in Gloucestershire, where she continues to enjoy walking in the countryside and appreciating British flora and fauna.
Dr Tim Rich trained as an ecologist at Lancaster University and specialised in botany. He ran the Welsh National Herbarium for 17 years and is a national expert with particular interest in whitebeams and hawkweeds. He is currently working in applied ecology.
‘…celebrate the richness of diversity of our flowering plants in words, maps and sumptuous photography. The accompanying text is also rich in scientific and natural history detail. In what can only be described as a stunningly produced book (printed on responsibly sourced paper and with a neutral carbon dioxide footprint).. . All are equally important, a point that this extraordinary book makes abundantly clear.’ The Bay magazine, 2019