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Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve

The Algarve region is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe—more than seven million tourists enjoy the beaches and culture of southern Portugal each year. While its mild climate entices human visitors, it also encourages natives of the floral variety. Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve is the first comprehensive guide to these flowers. It covers more than one thousand of the species found in the area, which includes the remarkable Cape St. Vincent Peninsula National Park.

With the Field Guide, visitors can find the best places and times to see the plants. The Guide also explains their habitats and vegetation types. Richly illustrated, it includes hundreds of color photos and line drawings to aid identification, plus distribution maps that make it easy to plan trips and find nearby species.

Introductory passages give environmental context and cover climate, geology, agriculture, wildflower classification, and flower morphology. Written to appeal to both amateur naturalists and professional botanists alike, this is the essential companion for anyone drawn to the rich beauty of the Algarve.

280 pages | 680 color plates, 780 drawings, 3 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2014

Field Guides

Biological Sciences: Botany

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"Exceptional for those interested in the natural world: beautiful photography, excellent notes on identification and natural history, and a focus on a distinctive geographical and diverse floristic domain that stretches across the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, and its least developed region—the western Algarve."

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Table of Contents

The Algarve
     Endemic plants of the Algarve flora
     Plants of particular interest
Wild flower habitats
     Coastal (litoral) plant communities
     Salt marsh plant communities
     Pine forests
     Oak forests
     Disturbed habitats
Identifying and classifying wild flowers
     Wild flower classification
     Wild flower morphology
How to use this book
Species descriptions
Index of English names
Index of scientific names

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