By John Wright
It's tough to consider a extra fundamental image of the British geographical region than the British Hedgerow, bursting with blackberries, hazelnuts and sloes, and residential to oak and ash, box mice and butterflies. yet up to we would dream approximately foraging for mushrooms or gathering wayside nettles for soup, so much folks are ignorant of particularly how profoundly hedgerows have formed the background of our panorama and our species.
One of Britain's top identified naturalists, John Wright introduces us to the average and cultural heritage of hedges (as good as ditches, dykes and dry stone partitions) - from the coming of the 1st settlers within the British Isles to the trendy day, after we have ultimately began to know the significance of those distinct ecosystems. His intimate wisdom of the nation-state and its population brings this consultant to lifestyles, even if discussing the abilities and craft of hedge upkeep or the wealthy number of animals who name them domestic.
Informative, functional, pleasing and richly illustrated in color all through, A common historical past of the Hedgerow is a ebook to stuff into your pocket for nation walks in each season, or to savor in wintry weather earlier than a roaring fireplace.
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Tomentosum, P. ) Identification: There are over 200 genera worldwide in this family. P. serotinum is a parasitic epiphyte with thick, succulent ovate leaves, margins entire (not toothed). It grows in many branched clusters typically 2 to 3 feet in diameter clinging to the limbs of host trees, producing white fruit (translucent berry). Habitat: P. Serotinum and P. tomentosum found growing in the wild on mesquite trees, live oaks, and other deciduous trees from Florida north to New Jersey and then west to Texas.
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