Roland and Smith's Flora of Nova Scotia (1966-1969) now available online

The Dalhousie Libraries & the Nova Scotian Institute of Science recently announced that "Volumes 1 to 34 of the Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science are now available online. Spanning the years 1863 to 1984, the historic back issues of the journal can be found in the DalSpace repository." Many gems reside therein for people with interests in the natural history of Nova Scotia, including Roland and Smith's Flora of Nova Scotia (1966-1969).

This flora, the second comprehensive Flora of Nova Scotia*, was published in the Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science,Volume 26, in two parts:
Flor of Nova ScotiaRoland, A.E. & Smith, E.C. (1966). The flora of Nova Scotia, part I: The pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and monocotyledons. Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science, 26(2), 4-238. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/10222/13806

Roland, A.E. & Smith, E.C. (1969). The flora of Nova Scotia, part II: The dicotyledons. Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science, 26(4), 277-743. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/10222/13815
The introductory section to part II is really a "must read" for those with a passion for Nova Scotia's flora. It includes discussion of The Physical Background, Historical Aspects and Herbaria, The Flora of the Region - including its relationship to continental drift and glaciations, which provides the background for distinguishing seven floral elements in the N.S. flora: Arctic-Alpine and Boreal Disjunct Elements, The Boreal Element, The Canadian Element, The Alleghenian Element, The Southwestern Flora, Plants of the Seashore, and Introduced Plants and Weeds.

Roland and Smith's Flora of Nova Scotia was also published in book form in 1969, with a reprinting in 1983. Some of those volumes are still available from used book sellers, and a photoreproduction in ring binder form can be purchased at the Killam Library.**

Flor of Nova ScotiaDr Roland began work on a revision of the Flora of Nova Scotia but passed away in 1991 before completing it. Marion Zinck, Curator of Botany at The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, had been a student of Dr. Rolands and took up the task of completing it. Roland's Flora of Nova Scotia was published as a 2-volume set in 1998. It has recently been reprinted and can be purchased locally as well as from major book sellers.



*The first comprehensive Flora of Nova Scotia, by A.E. Roland, was also published in PNSIS:
Roland, A.E. (1946). The flora of Nova Scotia. Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science, 21(3), 94-642. Available at
http://hdl.handle.net/10222/13488
** Details: Go to the Reference and Research Dept., 3rd Floor, Killam Library at Dalhousie University. The contact person is Carol Richardson, clricharATdal.ca. See NSIS Prices of Past Proceedings for price and other details. Some other titles that can be obtained at the same office are listed at NSIS: Selected Titles Available for Purchase.