THE WORLD OF MOSSES by Bette J. Davis

THE WORLD OF MOSSES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is not for casual plant hunters, and anyone who can't tell bryum from sphagnum by sight probably still won't know the difference without a magnifying glass. Davis does provide an easy language alternative to botany textbooks, explaining the two part reproductive cycle of the mosses, and their relationship to lichen and algae, which in the form of reindeer moss, Irish moss and other plants are often confused with true mosses. Although there is some consideration of the economic uses of peat moss, the emphasis is on morphology -- including an illustrated guide to the different, characteristic shapes of the capsule, operculum and leaf. Young enough in appearance to attract some interested self-starters, the text is most likely to appeal to high school age students in need of supplement and review.

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1975
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard