August 19, 2008

The Macrolichens of New England

By Olday, Fred

The Macrolichens of New England. James W. Hinds and Patricia L. Hinds. 2007. The New York Botanical Garden Press, Bronx, NY. 586 pp. $65, hardcover, ISBN 9780893274771. A beautiful and technically accurate addition to the lichen literature of New England with hundreds of colored plates, detailed species descriptions and easy- to-use keys. Useful to the amateur who wants to know more about this intriguing group of organisms as well as to professional botanists, ecologiste, and foresters alike. The title notwithstanding, broadly applicable to the Appalachian-Great Lakes region and the Canadian Maritime provinces. Each species treatment includes a high-quality color photograph, scientific and common names, description, chemistry, habitat, range, and notes. Notes include such diverse topics as special ecological requirements, pollution tolerance, rarity, and "look-alikes." Not only an identification manual in the traditional sense, the book includes chapters on lichen morphology and reproduction, ecology, human uses, rare or declining species, and how to collect and identify macrolichens. An extensive bibliography is provided for those who wish to investigate topics in greater detail. This book is the perfect companion volume for those already acquainted with Brodo's Lichens of North America, but who wish to benefit from a more regionally circumscribed treatment. F.O.

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