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Atlas calorié de la Flore alpine

Nature volume 74, page 561 (04 October 1906) | Download Citation



THE recollections of botanising expeditions in the High Alps must ever remain a source of pleasure to those who have, had such enjoyable experiences. Not only the botanist, but anyone endowed with a spark of latent appreciation for the beauties of nature cannot fail to be aroused to enthusiasm when for the first time he has the good fortune to behold patches of Anemone vernalis in the spring, or to discover clumps of Ranunculus glacialis on the snow-line. It is natural, therefore, that there should be a demand for floras of the Alpine regions adapted to amateurs, and also worthy of professed botanists. Such is the nature of this volume, which contains excellent illustrations combined with simple descriptions of the flowers and references to localities where they may be found. To confine the book to reasonable compass, only fairly common Alpine plants are included, and preference is given to the denizens of the higher Alps. So far as the selection is concerned, there is little to note except that the orchids have received rather scant measure, and the thistles are entirely omitted. Some of the plants, e.g. Douglasia vitaliana and Androsace villosa, are interesting for their association with the French Alps, while, on the other hand, several species are included that are absent from French territory. The compilation reflects credit on the authors for their clear and pithy descriptions, and on the publishers for the manner in which the plates are produced.

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