Umbellifer specific book reccomendations?

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punkrockcaveman

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Starting to get my head around a handful of the common umbellifers but I'd like to get more confidence in my ID skills of them and the other foraging books I have just don't get close enough for my liking. Are there any good books people can reccomend?

I've come across umbellifers of the British Isles by Sabina G knees but not a lot else showing.

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Robson Valley

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Like over here, most of the plant books are organized by biogeoclimatic zones. What I am most likely to find, all plants, in a particular region. I know, that means a pile of books. Actually, such books are the most popular books sold in all of Canada. The local one, I keep in the truck. Not useful in the house.
 
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Broch

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Great that you're getting into the subject - unfortunately, I suspect you will find, as I have done, that the more you learn, the more there is to learn.

I think you're really getting beyond the foraging book level; I suggest you look at botanical ID books. The two I use extensively are 'Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland' by Marjorie Blamey et al and published by Bloomsbury, and 'The Wild Flower Key' by Francis Rose published by Frederick Warne. If you can get to grips with using the key it will get you looking at the diagnostic characteristics of the plants but it's a good reference book even if you don't use the key.

Both have good sections on the carrot/umbellifer family, Blamey 18 pages and Rose 23 pages.
 

punkrockcaveman

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Great that you're getting into the subject - unfortunately, I suspect you will find, as I have done, that the more you learn, the more there is to learn.

I think you're really getting beyond the foraging book level; I suggest you look at botanical ID books. The two I use extensively are 'Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland' by Marjorie Blamey et al and published by Bloomsbury, and 'The Wild Flower Key' by Francis Rose published by Frederick Warne. If you can get to grips with using the key it will get you looking at the diagnostic characteristics of the plants but it's a good reference book even if you don't use the key.

Both have good sections on the carrot/umbellifer family, Blamey 18 pages and Rose 23 pages.

Thanks Andy, I'll take a look into them for sure. I felt like that's what I'm lacking right now, the diagnostic tools to identify the different umbellifers. I've got maybe 4/5 foraging books now, and they have been great, but your right they are limiting. I also have 2 wild flower books now and even they aren't cutting it for diagnostics. I like the sound of the wild flower key especially.
 

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