Recommend to your Librarian

Plant Life of Edinburgh and the Lothians

Edited by P.M. Smith, R.O.D. Dixon, M.P. Cochrane


Based on a 20-year survey organised by the Botanical Society of Scotland, this is the most extensive and authoritative Flora of Edinburgh and the Lothians to be published since 1927. In addition to a complete Flora of vascular plants in the three Lothian vice-counties, the book includes: Specialist chapters on topics ranging from fungi to ferns and from geology and climate to ethnobotany; a substantial Bryophyte Flora of Edinburgh and the Lothians; a discussion of land-use changes and the ecological and phytogeographical indications from the survey; a description of the survey and details of the methods used in the compilation of the Flora; 30 colour and black and white plates, nearly 400 distribution maps and other illustrations.

Show more


List of Plates
List of Authors
Chapter 1. Lothian Landscapes, Geology, Climate and Soil, P. A. Furley and K. A. Smith
Chapter 2. Fossils and Pollen: Indications of the Past Plant Life of the Lothians, W. J. Baird
Chapter 3. Moorland, Wetlands and Forest in the Lothians: The Growing Influence of Humans, P. M. Smith
Chapter 4. Microfungi of the Lothians, S. Helfer
Chapter 5. Macrofungi of the Lothians, R. Watling
Chapter 6. Stoneworts of the Lothians, N. F. Stewart
Chapter 7. Seaweeds of the Lothians, M. Wilkinson
Chapter 8. Lichens of the Lothians, B. J. Coppins
Chapter 9. A Bryophyte Flora of the Lothians, D. F. Chamberlain
Chapter 10. Ferns and Fern Allies of the Lothians, A. F. Dyer and H. S. McHaffie
Chapter 11. The Earlier Study of the Plants of Edinburgh and the Lothians, P. M. Smith
Chapter 12. The Botany of the Lothians Project, M. P. Cochrane, R. O. D. Dixon, J. Muscott, and P. M. Smith
Chapter 13. A Flora of the Lothians, J. Muscott, D. R. McKean and H. E. Jackson
Chapter 14. Casual and Invasive Aliens, D. R. McKean
Chapter 15. Notes from the Vice-counties, J. Muscott, D. R. McKean, A. J. Silverside and H. E. Jackson
Chapter 16. Phytogeography of the Lothians, P. M. Smith
Chapter 17. The Habitats, Distribution and Ecology of Plants in Edinburgh and the Lothians, P. M. Smith
Chapter 18. Land Use in the Lothians, G. Russell
Chapter 19. Ethnobotany of the Lothians, G. E. Kenicer and T. M. Darwin
List of Contributors to the Botany of the Lothians Project
List of Synonyms
Index of Flora
General Index.

About the Author

P. M. Smith was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Botany at the University of Edinburgh


A handsome and inexpensive volume that handles well … This is a book that Scottish and northern botanists will not wish to be without.
A mine of information…detailed and authoritative …very readable …The sheer breadth of the information in this volume must make it an invaluable asset to any naturalist interested in lowland Scotland.
I salute the organisational skill which defined the project's framework and maintained interest over such a long period, producing at the end a book which will indeed be 'of value to Scottish society' … It is a very valuable contribution to Scottish botany and sets a high standard for future local Floras.
Useful and attractive book.