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Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean: A Complete Guide to the Islands and Coastal Regions Paperback – 7 Jun 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black; 2Rev Ed edition (7 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713670150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713670158
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marjorie Blamey is one of the world's leading botanical artists. Christopher Grey-Wilson was on the scientific staff at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew until 1990, before becoming the editor of the Alpine Garden Society. He has led many botanical expeditions to Europe and Asia.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Easy carrying field guide to plants around the Med. Covers most plants you are likely to meet, but I find the illustrations a bit inconclusive and would welcome a book with both botanical illustrations and a photograph showing flower and leaf.
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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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