Wednesday, September 20, 2006


This new web site is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the anatomy of central European woods, and, given that the genera included in this site occur elsewhere in the northern hemisphere, it will be useful outside of central Europe.
The home page of the site states: "This Web-based identification key is a completely revised (text, key) and updated (more and new photographs and new anatomic items) version of the book by Schweingruber F.H., 1990: Microscopic Wood Anatomy; Structural variability of stems and twigs in recent and subfossil woods from Central Europe. 3rd edition 1990. Birmensdorf, Eidgen–ssische Forschungsanstalt WSL."

As you would expect, given the original publication, the images are excellent. The navigation of the site fits the definition of user-friendly. There are pages "Macroscopic characteristics" and "Microscopic characteristics" that provide an introduction to terminology, with an illustrated glossary and comments on the diagnostic value of different characteristics.

Thanks to Schoch,W.,Heller,I.,Schweingruber,F.H.,Kienast,F.,2004:

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