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Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians
Karl B McKnight, Joseph R. Rohrer, Kirsten McKnight Ward & Warren J. Perdrizet

Paperback | 2013 | $28.95 | £23.95 | ISBN: 9780691156965
392 pp. | 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 | 400+ color photos. 600+ line illus.
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This is the first book to help general readers recognize 200 common mosses of the Northeast and the Appalachian Mountains. With just this field guide, a hand lens, and a spray bottle--no microscopes necessary--readers will be able to identify and name many of the common species of mosses growing in the region's backyards, parks, forests, wetlands, and mountains. At the heart of this guide is an innovative, color-tabbed system that helps readers pick out small groups of similar species. Illustrated identification keys, colorful habitat and leaf photos, more than 600 detailed line drawings, and written descriptions help differentiate the species. This accessible book allows all nature enthusiasts to make accurate identifications and gain access to the enchanting world of mosses.

  • 200 species included
  • More than 600 detailed line drawings
  • More than 400 color photographs
  • Innovative color-tabbed system for species identification
  • Illustrated species identification keys
  • Helpful tips for moss collecting


"With a 10X loupe and this book, an entire new world can be opened to even a seasoned naturalist."--DRK, Wildlife Activist

"Since this is the first moss field guide for the eastern states covering most common species, it fills a need for those interested in these plants."--Choice

"I have no doubt that this guide will become a trusted field companion for outdoor educators and amateur naturalists, who may be new to moss identification, as well as to botanists interested in refreshing their moss identification skills. Common Mosses fills a long-standing void in moss field guides for the region, and, as such, this guide will make the identification of these small plants more accessible to a wider botanical audience."--J. M. Budke, Plant Science Bulletin

"This is a perfect book for the incipient bryologist of the temperate region, and is a pleasure to leaf through for the more experienced one. . . . I have seen quite a number of field guides to bryophytes that are intended for beginners or people who have a general interest in nature, and this book is one of the very best. Without compromises regarding scientific accuracy or illustration quality it introduces the relatively difficult mosses in a superb way."--Lars Hedenas, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

"This guide is an excellent field manual that should enhance the appreciation of a group that has been largely overlooked by many naturalists. If you have never stopped on a hiking trail to closely examine a bank of mosses on a rotting log or on a boulder along a mountain stream, you should. By examining the delicate structures of these tiny plants and by comprehending their immense diversity here in the Appalachians, you will greatly expand your awareness of the natural world."--Gary Walker, Appalachian Journal


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Table of Contents:

How to Use this Book 9
Key Features 10
Key Features Path to the Keys 16
How to Look at a Moss 18
Collecting Mosses 20
What Are Mosses? 22
Basic Structure of Mosses 25
Life History of Mosses 26
What Good Are Mosses? 28

Species Treatments

  • Acrocarps 33
  • Pleurocarps 173
  • Leafless 317
  • Peat Mosses 321

How to Use the Identification Keys 340
Keys 341
Habitat Lists 380
Moss Publications and Resources 384
Moss Names 385
Index 386


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