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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent photographic guide to flowers of Southern Europe
This pocket-sized field guide requires some knowledge of flowers to use, as it is arranged according to flower families and has no key. But the photographs are of excellent quality, and really help to distinguish even very similar members of the same family, such as orchids.
Given its size, the book wisely concentrates on the most conspicuous and widespread species,...
Published on 15 May 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for the amateur...
I'm sure that the author knows his stuff very well and has obviously travelled extensively to take all the photos for this guide...but this is really a book for the knowlegeable botanist rather than the amateur wildflower spotter. I bought this guide for a trip to Portugal but found it very frustrating to use. Two main problems: first, it is arranged according to plant...
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128 of 128 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent photographic guide to flowers of Southern Europe, 15 May 2001
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This review is from: Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Europe (Paperback)
This pocket-sized field guide requires some knowledge of flowers to use, as it is arranged according to flower families and has no key. But the photographs are of excellent quality, and really help to distinguish even very similar members of the same family, such as orchids.
Given its size, the book wisely concentrates on the most conspicuous and widespread species, and does not waste space covering plants already familiar in northern Europe. The main countries covered are Spain, Italy, portugal and southern France. Species limited to Greece and the Balkans are not included, nor are the rarer alpines.
The text is full and informative, and is printed on the page facing the photographs - no time-wasting flicking backwards and forwards. In the margin are line drawings of any distinctive feature that might help with identification.
There is a glossary, an index, and a useful note on the most important areas of interest to flower-lovers. I only have one criticism: the spine binding is not strong enough. But apart from that, this is a most useful and well-organised book, well worth taking on any expedition and equally giving much pleasure to look through at home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pack if you're going to S Europe around Easter!, 10 Jun. 2009
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Alan (Suffolk, UK) - See all my reviews
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Clear photos and text with a great coverage of what you're likely to see - and it's all in a slim volume, not too big to slip into a pocket or daypack. Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for the amateur..., 25 May 2014
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I'm sure that the author knows his stuff very well and has obviously travelled extensively to take all the photos for this guide...but this is really a book for the knowlegeable botanist rather than the amateur wildflower spotter. I bought this guide for a trip to Portugal but found it very frustrating to use. Two main problems: first, it is arranged according to plant families, so unless you already know these you have to plough through the whole book everytime you find a new flower, relying on the photographs to find a match. Arrangement according to flower colour or habitat would be much easier. Second, the photographs themselves are an unreliable guide to identification, as so much depends on the quality and scale of the picture and the season in which it's taken. Either a closeup photo of a flower or a slightly distant photo of a whole plant is not much use without other illustrations or if you're looking at a plant in a different season.The guide therefore relies on the reader's knowledge of the very detailed botanical terms used in the descriptions, way beyond the capability of the average amateur. I have used this guide now on several trips to Portugal, hoping that it might become easier to use with familiarity; but, although I have, of course, identified many plants and flowers, I still find it very frustrating and am now looking for a more user-friendly guide.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor format, 14 May 2010
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You would struggle to use this book to identify flowers. The photos are of varying quality, arranged as a patchwork and not numbered so you have to keep cross referencing with the text on the opposite page. Many of the species in Southern France are not included. The index doesn't include some of the common names which feature in the book, making it even more difficult to find them. I have carried this on so many walks and have wasted hours standing next to a flower and searching through the pages trying to find a matching photo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent descriptions, but poor photographs, 1 July 2013
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The authors clearly know their stuff and the descriptions are clear and helpful. BUT the photographs are very variable and many would not help identify the plant you are looking at. We are very keen and experienced gardeners and took many, many photos of the wild flowers of Andalucia, Spain, hoping to identify them when we came home to the UK. We bought this book to help us do that. However, it is laid out out in plant family order so unless you are a botanist it's a little tricky and time-consuming to use, but that's fair enough. However it becomes impossible when so many of their photos are of such poor quality: not enough detail, some from too far away, and others frankly indistinguishable. And what's more the spine of the book broke on first use! The publishers have not done their authors justice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Title should more accurately be Flowers of South Western Europe, 26 Mar. 2014
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Good book but is not strictly southern europe but south western europe - italy westwards doesn't cover south eastern europe hence 3 stars
Photos are good and sometimes better than a coloured drawing - especially orchids but still not made easier to identify everything accurately. Size is fine for carrying in pocket and it does cover a good range of plants - you do need some basic skills in plant id to use it but if you do it is quite straightforward
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4.0 out of 5 stars useful bookings, 20 Mar. 2014
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Clearly set out and easy to use. Hope it will inspire grandchildren to find out about their local Italian flora.
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5.0 out of 5 stars flowers, 16 April 2013
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this book shows all the flowers we saw on holiday and we were not able to identify correctly at time
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift purchase, 18 July 2014
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This was a gift for a friend and she appreciated it a great deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Oct. 2014
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eXTREMELY SATISFIED WITH HAVING BOUGHT THIS BOOK.
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