Lichens and Bryophytes - some useful references
The Flora of Australia series is published by the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), a section within the Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH). This is a series of technical taxonomic monographs. The first bryophyte volume will be published in 2003. The following lichen volumes have already been published:
Flora of Australia, Volume 54, Lichens - Introduction, Lecanorales 1. ABRS, Canberra, 1992.
Flora of Australia, Volume 55, Lichens - Lecanorales 2. ABRS, Canberra, 1994
Flora of Australia, Volume 58A, Lichens 3. ABRS/CSIRO, Canberra, 2001
You can find out the latest on ABRS bryophyte publications at this link:
You can find out the latest on ABRS lichen publications at this link:
Or these online checklists:
Buck, WR; Vitt, DH & Malcolm, WM. Key to the Genera of Australian Mosses. ABRS, Canberra, 2002
A technical, taxonomic monograph with an identification key and close-up colour photographs
Catcheside, DG. Mosses of South Australia. Flora and Fauna Handbooks Committee, Adelaide, 1980
A technical, taxonomic monograph with identification keys, species descriptions, drawings and some colour photos.
Eldridge, D & Tozer, ME. A practical guide to Soil Lichens and Bryophytes of Australias Dry Country. Dept. of Land & Water Conservation, Sydney, 1997
This book contains descriptions and colour photographs of the common arid area species, as well as an excellent discussion of the ecology of these organisms in dry areas. It is aimed at landholders, conservation departments - and anybody intrigued by dry-area lichens and bryophytes.
Filson, RB & Rogers, RW. Lichens of South Australia. Government Printer, Adelaide, 1979
A technical taxonomic monograph with identification keys, species descriptions, drawings and some colour photos.
Jarman, SJ & Fuhrer, BA. Mosses and liverworts of rainforest in Tasmania and south-eastern Australia. Forestry Tasmania & CSIRO, 1995
Numerous high quality colour photographs and brief species descriptions.
Kantvilas, G & Jarman, SJ (with photographs by BA Fuhrer). Lichens of rainforest in Tasmania and south-eastern Australia. ABRS, Canberra, 1999
Numerous high quality colour photographs, brief species descriptions and a key to species. This book deals with the macrolichens.
Lumbsch, HT; McCarthy, PM & WM. Malcolm, WM. Key to the Genera of Australian Microlichens: Apothecial Crusts. ABRS, Canberra, 2001
A technical taxonomic monograph with an identification key and close-up colour photographs.
Malcolm, B & N. Mosses and other bryophytes: an illustrated glossary. Micro-Optics Press, Nelson, New Zealand, 2000
A detailed glossary of technical bryological terms, with copious colour illustrations. An excellent book and essential for anyone who wants to get into the study of bryophytes.
Malcolm, WM & Galloway, DJ. New Zealand Lichens: Checklist, Key and Glossary. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, 1997.
The second half of this book contains an excellent well-illustrated glossary of technical lichen terms. There are also numerous excellent colour photographs of a wide variety of lichens. The glossary alone makes this an indispensable book for anyone interested in lichens.
Nash, TH (ed.). Lichen Biology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996.
An advanced text on the subject
Purvis, W. Lichens. Natural History Museum, London, 2000
An excellent introduction to the basics of lichen structure and ecology. Suitable for high school level and above. Excellent colour photos and explanatory diagrams.
Richardson, DHS. Pollution monitoring with lichens. Richmond Publishing, London, 1992
An elementary account of the subject.
Schofield, WB. Introduction to Bryology. Macmillan, New York, 1985
An excellent university-level introduction to all aspects of bryophyte structure and ecology.
Scott, GAM. Southern Australian Liverworts. ABRS, Canberra, 1985
A technical taxonomic monograph with identification keys, species descriptions, drawings and black and white photos.
Scott GAM & Stone, IG. The Mosses of Southern Australia. Academic Press, 1976
A technical taxonomic monograph with identification keys, species descriptions and drawings.
Shaw, AJ & Goffinet, B (eds.). Bryophyte Biology. Cambridge University Press, 2000
Technical chapters on bryophyte biology.
So, ML. Mosses and Liverworts of Hong Kong. Heavenly People Depot, Hong Kong, 1995
Descriptions and good colour photos of many species. A number of these species may be found in parts of tropical Australia and there are few published photos of tropical Australian bryophytes. Some are also found in temperate Australia. See also the sequel by Zhu & So.
Zhu, RL & So, ML. Mosses and Liverworts of Hong Kong, Volume 2. Heavenly People Depot, Hong Kong, 1996
See the comments about the first volume, by ML So.
Numerous lichen and bryophyte links on this American Bryological and Lichenological Society page.
Another page, this time from the British Bryological Society, with numerous links.
An informative lichen site, with excellent photographs and links to many other lichen sites.
"Mosses are from Mars, vascular plants are from Venus". The differences between bryophytes and vascular plants, in one page (with some technical terms).
Click on the image at the top left to go to an interesting discussion about bryophytes.