Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean: A Complete Guide to the Islands and Coastal Regions Paperback – 7 Jun 2004
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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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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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most flowers seem to be here but I found the illustrations awfulPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful book, a work of art by one of the best botanical illustrators, Marjorie Blamey. It has over 2,000 colour illustrations and over 2,500
detailed plant... Read more
Illustrations are superb, very easy to pick up but hard to put down.Published 18 months ago by Grw Simmonds
This is a very helpful book with comprehensive explanations and illustrations. It will prove very useful in identifying the flora in the south of France where I live.Published on 20 Jun. 2014 by Jo Mac
Beautiful pictures, painstaking labour, very exhaustive, but very old-fashioned setup. But there are very few books in the English language covering that area - possible exception... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2014 by Dr. L. Offerhaus