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'Wild Flowers of the Algarve' published

9 May 2014

Chris Thorogood and Simon Hiscock have (finally) published their flora of the Algarve: A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve (Kew Publishing).

Chris Thorogood and Simon Hiscock have (finally) published their flora of the Algarve: A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve (Kew Publishing). Based upon photographs and information collected during 10 years of Bristol undergraduate field courses in the Algarve run by Professor Hiscock, this major botanical work is the most comprehensive flora of the region. 


The book was launched officially by the Association for Mediterranean Gardens on Saturday 5th April at Quinta da Figueirinha in Silves, Algarve (see: http://www.algarvewildlife.com/aw-events.php) - the day that this year's field course arrived. The event was attended by over 100 people and all copies of the book available on the day were sold. Simon and Chris, a former PhD student who continues to teach on the field course, signed copies and discussed their work with enthusiastic local naturalists. Sales of the book are buoyant world-wide and translations into Portuguese, German and Dutch are planned, together with a paperback version. 

The publisher describes the field guide as: "the first comprehensive identification guide to the rich Mediterranean flora of the Algarve region of southern Portugal, including the Cape St. Vincent Peninsula National Park, an area of immense botanical importance with numerous endemic and 
rare species. The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe (it receives more than 7 million tourists per annum), and this guide is the essential companion for wildlife tourists, and the first comprehensive easy-to-use identification guide to its wild flowers. Information is provided on where and when to see plants with information on their habitat and vegetation types. In addition rare and unusual plants of the region are highlighted, including orchids and parasitic plants. With over 1,000 species descriptions, the book is abundantly illustrated throughout with over 650 stunning colour photographs, 780 line drawings and distribution maps." 
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