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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best guide to Mediterranean plants
This is a good book, covering all the species of the Mediterranean coast (most guides just cover a selection of species).
The book is organised by plant family, which may be a drawback for non-botanists, but the colour plates are good enough to track down the right bit of the book to investigate further.
The descriptions themselves are simple and clear, and a...
Published on 28 April 2009 by Andrew Hodgson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations deserve better
Marjorie Blamey's illustrations are her usual high standard, it's a shame the same cannot be said for this A & C Blacks publication. The paper is so thin that the print shows through the pages and many have been badly and to closely trimmed. The layout is far from convenient with the illustrations being grouped together in a separate section remote from the descriptive...
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by T. G. Doy


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best guide to Mediterranean plants, 28 April 2009
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Andrew Hodgson (UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a good book, covering all the species of the Mediterranean coast (most guides just cover a selection of species).
The book is organised by plant family, which may be a drawback for non-botanists, but the colour plates are good enough to track down the right bit of the book to investigate further.
The descriptions themselves are simple and clear, and a helpful feature in the margin is the line drawings which help clarify key identification features further.
This is a great book. The only improvement I could think to make would be to add colour photos and perhaps some description of distinct habitats and their flora communities.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations deserve better, 6 Oct 2009
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T. G. Doy (UK) - See all my reviews
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Marjorie Blamey's illustrations are her usual high standard, it's a shame the same cannot be said for this A & C Blacks publication. The paper is so thin that the print shows through the pages and many have been badly and to closely trimmed. The layout is far from convenient with the illustrations being grouped together in a separate section remote from the descriptive text and diagrams. A little more thought and less penny pinching could have resulted in a much more useful and aesthetically pleasing guide.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some reservations, 27 Jun 2011
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As ever Marjory Blamey's illustrations are beautiful as well as clear and informative. The lay out of the book leaves something to be desired. I don't like all the illustrations being in one block in the centre of the book. Also I would like to have known that the book does not cover mountainous areas as I had bought it specifically to help with plants in the mountainous regions of southern France. Admittedly that would make it too huge an area to cover requiring a book that could not fit easily into a pocket and may need a backpack all of its own. Nevertheless I derive much pleasure from looking at the wonderful illustrations but will look to purchase another book for my next trip.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive reference, 28 Sep 2009
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A. McMullan (Crete GR) - See all my reviews
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A first class reference for those who want more than just a book of photographs. Quite detailed in description and where usually found.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Flowers of the Miditerranean, 1 Jun 2010
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Dawn Nelson (elsted, midhurst) - See all my reviews
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The book is essential and very helpful although I think you probably need other books too(Polunin and Smythies and Alpine Flowers, both out of print, but available on Amazon). But this book has a good amount of information and good illustrations. My only gripe is having to find 2 pages for each entry as the illustrations and information are in different sections, which in the field just takes more time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a useful book covering a wide area, 9 May 2010
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This is a well illustrated book, not too big, and looks comprehensive. The lack of a key and grouping the pictures together is probably not a good idea, but no doubt one will be able to flick to and from the text to the pictures and vice versa. A more conventional lay out would have suited me better. But I am pleased with it and expect to get much use from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 11 Dec 2012
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D Merrick (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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If you're heading for the mediterranean, this is the wildflower book to have: I've not spotted any competing work.
Note it takes you up from the coast to about 1000m above sea level, so if you happen to be up in the mountains or away from the mediterranean coast do of course expect also to find wildflowers not in it.
It covers by description 2539 species, of which the primary species (variations of appearance) are illustrated, so you find your flower pictorially in the 1000-odd pictures, and as that picture effectively covers about 2 further species of very similar appearance, you then turn to the full description for the alternatives to descriminate which flower you have.

Here is a sample description of a flower number 1800 ( "/" here indicates italics in the text, which indicate distinguishing features):-

"1800 Aster linosyris [Linosyris vulgaris] GOLDILOCKS ASTER, Short to medium, hairless perennial; stems spreading to erect, slightly roughened, densely leafy. Leaves linear, pointed, unstalked, rough-edged, 1-veined, /gland-dotted/. Flower-heads small, 12-18mm, /bright yellow/, without rays, borne in dense flat-topped clusters. Rocky places, cliffs, open grassland, generally at low altitudes. July-Sept. European Med and Turkey - absent from most of the islands."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE to-go-to guide for Mediterranean flowers, 11 May 2012
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This is a brilliantly illustrated and designed guide to the flowers you will find in the Mediterranean coastal regions - that is, all areas under 1000m where you might expect to find vines and olives. Each species is given an number which makes finding it from the index, or from the illustrations, a doddle. The paintings of flowers are incredibly clear and detailed - much better than photographs for distinguishing one species from another closely related one. The botanical (Linnaeus system)and English names are given, and a clear technical profile for which any botanic terms are explained in a comprehensive glossary, and line illustrations are given in the margins for additional clarity. If you're looking for a guide to help you identify plants, including trees and grasses, if you live in the Mediterranean as I do, or are going on holiday, this is THE guide to go for. There is no competition apart from the dry four-volume Flora Europea, which I imagine most would neither pay for nor be willing to carry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another superb Marjorie Blamey book, 15 April 2011
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She just has to be the best flower illustrator, I love her books and illustrations can be so much more informative for id purposes than photos taken in the wild. The only thing that lets it down is that the images are on separate pages from the descriptions but the cross referencing is much easier than some.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 11 Feb 2011
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This wild-flower book, although somewhat bulky for taking into the field, offers the most comprehensive guide to Mediterranean flora that I have come across. It is also relatively easy to find the right plant families thanks to first colour illustration which codifies them as far as possible.
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