An easy to use guide to the bee orchids of Europe, comprehensively illustrated with large, clear photographs and written in plain English. The chapter on growing and propagation makes it invaluable for the gardener, and the recommended excursions' is ideal for planning those trips to see plants in the wild.
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Orchids of Europe North Africa and the Middle East
Orchids have long held a fascination, both for keen botanists andthe general public. From the mania of Victorian collectors to theenthusiasm of modern photographers, this family of flowering plants hasa strange and exotic appeal. Many orchids are beautiful, and some arerare. This complete reference guide covers the identification, biology and conservation of more than 520 species of orchid found in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The detailed text, 1,270 colour photographs and line drawingsall allow the specialist, as well as the avid botanist, to identify the wild orchids of the region with precision. 'This guide is a must for everyone with a passing interest in orchids. I wouldn't go anywhere without mine now.' Birdwatch (August 2007)
Colour Identification Guide to the Grasses Sedges Rushes and Ferns of the British Isles and North western Europe
Essential reading for both the amateur gardener and professional botanist, this is a definitive and comprehensive guide to all the native and naturalized grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns to be found in the British Isles, and all those that are frequently found in north-western Europe. Over 420 species are described and over 350 are illustrated in full colour plates of exceptional beauty and accuracy. Following the general nomenclature and classification, the author describes each species in detail, stressing the features most important for accurate identification. There is also an invaluable illustrated glossary of technical terms and plant structures.
Plant Evolution in the Mediterranean
Plant Evolution in the Mediterranean integrates a diverse and scattered literature to produce a synthetic account of plant evolutionary ecology. The central theme is differentiation, both among and within species in the contemporary flora of the Mediterranean basin. This approach is developed by attempting to link population processes to species evolution, and by examining the variation and evolution of ecological function in the context of spatial habitat variation and regional history. This accessible text explores the evolutionary processes which have shaped plant evolution in the context of these major influences on vegetation.