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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Kew Publishing; Illustrated edition edition (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842464973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842464977
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Thorogood is a product designer for Mars and an Associate of the Biological Sciences Department, University of Bristol where his research interests are focussed on speciation in parasitic plants.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Araujo on 30 Dec. 2014
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For anyone planning a visit to Algarve, this is a well-written and adequately illustrated account of the region's flora. In the limited space available the authors did a very good job in distinguishing between similar species by carefully highlighting the main diagnostic characters. Line drawings are useful and accurate. The photographs, however, are less than outstanding, and many important species are not depicted at all, although others are illustrated by as many as three pictures. As the authors themselves recognize, this book is not complete, and the selection is biased by their own knowledge of the region. The flora of the (comparatively unspoiled) southwest of Algarve gets the most comprehensive coverage by far. Among the sad omissions are the four species of the genus Klasea (formerly Serratula) in Algarve, of which two are Portuguese endemics and one is an Iberian endemic. The authors have decided to omit flowering period, since for most species this would be from March to May, and in the text they would point out the exceptions to this rule. Regrettably, they do not live up to their promise, failing in many instances to mention that the species flowers in autumn or winter (e.g., Iris planifolia flowers from December to January). The book would have benefited from a more careful revision, since a few pictures are wrong (e.g., Omphalodes linifolia and Quercus lusitanica) and others have their captions mixed up (e.g., Anemone palmata and Ranunculus ficaria). As for Quercus lusitanica, the authors are entirely mistaken in describing it as a tree up to 20 m high: it is a low-lying shrub that seldom reaches up to your knees.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Viegas on 6 April 2014
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I bought this book as a gift and after using it for a while, I can now say that it is a good book to start learning about the Algarve's flora. The descptions are fine, although I first have to get used to some terminology used. I just wish the pictures were of better quality (I can spot easily a small repeating pattern from the printing which renders the fine details away). Nevertheless, it's a fine book and if you want to learn quickly about the Algarve's flora in a couple of days, I recommend it.
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This guide helps to decide which species identified with other floras is correct but the lack of keys is a disadvantage. The illustrations could be more helpful but overall it makes tdentification of plants in this part of the world much easier. However it is a must for anyone botanising in the Algarve.
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By Pat on 2 April 2014
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This is a great achievement made not by improving other on previous authors; efforts but essentially from scratch. A very thorough and well-researched flora for one of the world's finest wildflower destinations. Good pictures/diagrams, clear text, and priced reasonably too. Excellent!
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