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Checklist of World Ferns


British Pteridological Society
c/o Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Botanical Society of the British Isles

American Fern Society

The Hardy Fern Foundation


Guides to British and Irish pteridophytes:

Hutchinson, B and Thomas, B.A.: Welsh Ferns. National Museums and Galleries of Wales. 7th edition, 1996. ISBN 0720004357

Jermy, A. Clive and Camus, Josephine: The Illustrated Field Guide to Ferns and Allied Plants of the British Isles. Natural History Museum, London 1991, reprinted for HMSO, 1993. ISBN 0113100094. [out of print]

Merryweather, James: The Fern Guide. AIDGAP publication of the Field Studies Council. 3rd edition, 2007. ISBN 9781851532285

Page, Christopher N.: The Ferns of Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press. 2nd edition, 1997. ISBN 0521586585 (paperback); ISBN 0521583802 (hardback)

Wardlaw, A.C and Leonard, A (editors): New Atlas of Ferns & Allied Plants of Britain & Ireland. British Pteridological Society Special Publications no.8, 2005. ISBN 0950980676.

Guides to Botany of Britain and Ireland containing substantial information on pteridophytes:

Blamey, Marjorie, Fitter, Richard and Fitter, Alastair: Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland. A and C Black, 2003. ISBN 0713659440

Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G., [Warburg, E.F.] and Moore, D.M.: Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. 3rd Edition, 1987

Fitter, Richard, Fitter, Alastair and Fasser, Ann (illus.): Collins Guide to the Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of Britain and Northern Europe. Harper Collins, 1984. ISBN 0002191369

Frey, W., Frahm, J-P., Fischer, E. and Lobin, W.: The Liverworts, Mosses and Ferns of Europe (English edition, revised and edited by T.L.Blockeel). Harley Books, 2006. ISBN 0946589704

Phillips, Roger, and Grant, Sheila: Grasses, Ferns, Mosses and Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland. Pan, 1980. ISBN 0330259598

Preston, C.D., Pearman, D.A. and Dines, T.D. (editors): New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora. Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 0198510675

Rose, Francis: Colour Identification Guide to the Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of the British Isles and Northern Europe. Viking, 1989. ISBN 0670806889

Stace, C.: New Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. 2nd edition, 1997. ISBN 0521589335

Tutin, T.G., Heywood, V.H., Burgess, N.A., Valentine, D.H., Walters, S.M. and Webb, D.A. (editors): Flora Europaea, Volume I: Lycopodiaceae to Platanaceae. Cambridge University Press 1964. ISBN 0521066611

Natural history of pteridophytes:

Camus Josephine, Jermy A.Clive and Thomas B.A.: World of Ferns. Natural History Museum publications, London Paperback 1991, hardback 1992. ISBN 0 565 01120 0 (paperback); ISBN 0565011286 (hardback)

Dyce, J.W.: Fern Names and their Meanings. British Pteridological Society special publication no.2, 1988. ISBN 0950980617

Moran, Robbin C. and Sacks, Oliver: A Natural History of Ferns. Timber Press, oregon 2004. ISBN 0881926671

Page, Christopher N.: Ferns. Collins New Naturalist Series, 1988. ISBN 0002193833 (hardback); ISBN 0002193825 (paperback)

Cultivation of pteridophytes and pteridophytes in cultivation:

B.P.S. Where to See Ferns, a guide to fern gardens, collections & nurseries. British Pteridological Society, London, 1992

Dyce, J.W.: The Cultivation and Propagation of British Ferns. British Pteridological Society special publication no.3, 1991

Dyce, J.W.: Polystichum Cultivars. British Pteridological Society special publication no.7, 2005 (edited and expanded by Robert Sykes and Martin Rickard)

Hoshizaki, Barbara Joe and Moran, Robbin C.: Fern Grower’s Manual. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2002 (revised and expanded edition). ISBN 0-88192-495-4

Mickel, John T.: Ferns for American Gardens. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003. ISBN 0-88192-598-5 (paperback)

Olsen, Sue.: Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2007. ISBN 978-0-88192-819-8

Rickard, Martin.: The Plantfinder’s Guide to Garden Ferns. David & Charles / Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2000. Paperback edition, 2002. ISBN 071530806 8 (UK hardback); 0715313566 (UK paperback); 0-88192-476-8 (US hardback); 0-88192-567-5 (US paperback)

Rickard, Martin.: Gardening with Ferns. David and Charles, 2005. ISBN 0-7153-1730-X

Dealers in botanical books

Summerfield Books
The Arches, Main Street, Brough, Cumbria CA17 4AX
Tel: 017683 41577; fax: 017683 41687

Where to buy ferns

Fancy Fronds
Judith Jones, P.O.Box 1090, Gold Bar, Washington 98251, USA

Honington, Suffolk IP31 1QY
E-mail: mail@fernatix.co.uk

Fibrex Nurseries
Honeybourne Road, Pebworth, nr. Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8XP
Tel: 01789 720788; fax: 01789 721162

Long Acre Plants
Charlton Musgrove, Somerset BA9 8EX

R.N.Timm - Hardy Ferns
The Fern Nursery, Grimsby Road, Binbrook, Linconshire, LN3 6DH
Tel: 01472 398092; e-mail: richard@timm984.fsnet.co.uk