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Britain's Plant Galls

Britain's Plant Galls: A Photographic Guide

compiled by Michael Chinery
Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 96
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    Britain's Plant Galls
    Book Description:

    This book has been produced with the aim of stimulating the general naturalist to take a closer look at the bumps and lumps that make up the fascinating world of plant galls. Induced by a variety of insects and other organisms and ranging from tiny pimples to bizarre and often very attractive and exquisitely sculptured growths, plant galls are mystery to many people, but they offer a fascinating field of study for both botanists and zoologists. Galls can be found on a very wide range of both woody and herbaceous plants, with over 50 different kinds occurring on Britain's oak trees alone, and there is still much to be learned about even the commonest examples.

    An introduction to the nature of plant galls and their formationBrief descriptions of some of the organisms that cause or induce gallsSuperb photographs of just over 200 of the commonest or most conspicuous of Britain's 1,000 or so plant galls, arranged according to their host plants to aid field identificationDescriptions of these galls and the life histories of the organisms that cause them

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5079-2
    Subjects: Botany & Plant Sciences

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-2)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 3-3)
  3. Introduction what are galls and what causes them
    (pp. 5-12)

    The oak marble galls picturedrightand the robin’s pincushion galls (facing page and p.59) that perch on wild rose bushes are well known to most people with an interest in natural history and the countryside. Some people will be familiar with other plant galls, such as the nail galls that develop on lime leaves (see p.50), without necessarily knowing what causes them, but it will probably come as a surprise to most to learn that we have well over 1,000 different kinds of galls in the British Isles and that they can be found on a wide...

  4. Oak Galls
    (pp. 13-30)
  5. Galls on Other Trees and Shrubs
    (pp. 31-69)
  6. Galls on Herbaceous Plants
    (pp. 70-92)
  7. Further Reading
    (pp. 93-93)
  8. Acknowledgements
    (pp. 94-94)
  9. Index of Host Plants
    (pp. 95-95)
    (pp. 96-96)