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Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve

Second Edition

Second Edition

The Algarve region of southern Portugal is an area of immense botanical importance with numerous endemic and rare species. It is also one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, where it sees more than seven million tourists per year. Scientists and sightseers alike are drawn to the lovely flowers that dot the landscape. This is one of the few comprehensive identification guides that caters to both kinds of visitors, and the first edition has been a best-seller.

This second edition is fully updated with new species and new findings. Information is provided on where and when to see plants with information on their habitat and vegetation types. Rare and unusual plants of the region are highlighted, including orchids and parasitic plants. The more than one thousand descriptions are accompanied throughout with over 650 stunning color photographs, 780 line drawings, and distribution maps.

272 pages | 680 color plates, 780 line drawings, 3 maps | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Acknowledgements . vii
The Algarve . 1
Climate 2
Geology . 2
Agriculture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Flora . 7
Endemic plants of the Algarve flora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Plants of particular interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Wild flower habitats . 13
Coastal (litoral) plant communities 13
Salt marsh plant communities . 16
Matos . 17
Pine forests . 19
Oak forests 20
Disturbed habitats . 20
Identifying and classifying wild flowers 23
Wild flower classification . 23
Wild flower morphology . 24
Actinomorphic flowers 25
Zygomorphic flowers . 25
How to use this book 27
Species descriptions 29
Gymnosperms . 30
Angiosperms . 33
Basal angiosperms . 33
Monocots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Eudicots . 73
Glossary . 245
Index of English names . 251
Index of scientific names 259

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