|Details of the underside of a Scottish example|
of a true Diphasiastrum x issleri
Image: F. Rumsey
Over to Editor Ian Denholm (also a past President, from 2013-5) to tell you about the first two papers:
"Although the vast majority of hybrids recorded in Britain and Ireland arise from crosses between plants in the same genus, hybridisation between genera is also possible.
"Mike Wilcox, Stuart Desjardins and Clive Stace (BSBI President 1987-9 as well as the author of the New Flora of the British Isles) review in detail the occurrence and identification of hybrids between the genera Elymus (couchgrasses) and Hordeum (barleys) based on a combination of morphological, cytological and molecular criteria.
|Fruiting stem of Scheuchzeria palustris|
Coire Daingean, 2018
Image: P. Smith
From Scotland, we have two papers. Firstly, there's a paper about Scotland's heritage of naturalised medicinal plants by Michael Braithwaite, BSBI President 2008-2011, County Recorder for Berwickshire for may years, Vice-County Recorder Emeritus and author of various publications about botany in the Scottish Borders.
|Confused hawkweed from|
Bryn Euryn (type locality)
Image: T. Rich
The second looks at Hieracium breconicola the Beacons hawkweed, whose IUCN status is 'Critically Endangered'.
Tim is the author of several BSBI Handbooks, including three on hawkweed sections; his latest hawkweed Handbook has just been published and BSBI members can benefit from a special discount price if they place their order before the end of February.
|A "novel" urban emergent woodland|
(including Alnus cordata) in Dublin
Image: D. Buckley
If you have an idea for a paper, please get in touch with us for an informal chat. We are especially keen to help first-time authors and early-career researchers to publish their first ever scientific paper and can provide extra support to help them through the process.
We hope you enjoy reading our latest issue of British & Irish Botany!