|Hybrid comfrey |
Symphytum caucasicum x orientale
spotted by Bob Leaney and discussed in
his paper for British & Irish Botany 1.4
Image: R. Leaney
There's an important paper on 'Temporal changes in distributions and the species atlas: how can British and Irish plant data shoulder the inferential burden?' - very pertinent for anyone who's been out recording wild and naturalised plants for BSBI's Atlas 2020 project. The authors are Oli Pescott from CEH (also a member of BSBI Records & Research Committee) and three BSBI staff members - our Head of Science Kevin Walker, Database Officer Tom Humphrey and England Officer Pete Stroh.
Kevin and Tom also joined forces with fellow BSBI luminaries such as Chris Preston, David Pearman, Simon Leach, Paul Smith and Trevor James to co-author 'Recording plant status and regeneration during single visits'. Alternative categories are proposed that focus on origin rather than persistence.
|A new species of lady's-mantle:|
Alchemilla sciura photographed in The Cairnwell
Image: M. Lynes
Other papers in this issue consider birdseed aliens; a hybrid comfrey; and a spatial and vegetation analysis of one site over 20 years. We publish a description of a new species of lady's-mantle Alchemilla by Mark Lynes, author of the forthcoming BSBI Handbook on Alchemilla; and there's a short note about a pink bindweed.
|Apple-of-Peru Nicandra physalodes: |
one of the birdseed aliens
discussed in B&IB 1.4
Image: G. Hanson
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We hope you enjoy reading this latest issue of British & Irish Botany and look forward to bringing you more fabulous issues in 2020. Happy Christmas from the B&IB editorial team!