Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve

Chris Thorogood and Simon Hiscock

Chris Thorogood and Simon Hiscock

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

280 pages | 680 color plates, 780 drawings, 3 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781842464977 Published June 2014 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
E-book $60.00 ISBN: 9781842465851 Published February 2014
The Algarve region is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe—more than seven million tourists enjoy the beaches and culture of southern Portugal each year. While its mild climate entices human visitors, it also encourages natives of the floral variety. Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve is the first comprehensive guide to these flowers. It covers more than one thousand of the species found in the area, which includes the remarkable Cape St. Vincent Peninsula National Park.

With the Field Guide, visitors can find the best places and times to see the plants. The Guide also explains their habitats and vegetation types. Richly illustrated, it includes hundreds of color photos and line drawings to aid identification, plus distribution maps that make it easy to plan trips and find nearby species.

Introductory passages give environmental context and cover climate, geology, agriculture, wildflower classification, and flower morphology. Written to appeal to both amateur naturalists and professional botanists alike, this is the essential companion for anyone drawn to the rich beauty of the Algarve.
Contents
Foreword
 
Acknowledgements
 
The Algarve
     Climate
     Geology
     Agriculture
 
Flora
     Endemic plants of the Algarve flora
     Plants of particular interest
 
Wild flower habitats
     Coastal (litoral) plant communities
     Salt marsh plant communities
     Matos
     Pine forests
     Oak forests
     Disturbed habitats
 
Identifying and classifying wild flowers
     Wild flower classification
     Wild flower morphology
 
How to use this book
 
Species descriptions
     Gymnosperms
     Angiosperms
 
Glossary
 
Index of English names
 
Index of scientific names
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