192 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, 1 colour map
Explore the colourful world of alpine flowers. This practical book will help you make a quick, reliable identification of each plant, with concise descriptions and illustrations for individual plants to enable differentiation from similar species. Flowers can be identified quickly from colour and shape. The notable characters of each plant are clearly highlighted.
Covering 500 species, each with colour photographs, this compact guide is designed for walkers and botanists. For each plant the common name, scientific name, flowering time, plant height, protected status, and distribution (habitat and altitude) are described.
"Europeans sure know how to produce pithy guidebooks that are models of economic presentation. Hoppe's compact guidebook is a standout. It covers Europe's Alps, a 1200-km arc straddling (from west to east) France, Monaco, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Slovenia, including Germany to the north and Italy to the south [...] Hoppe is a valuable travel companion."
– Rudolf Schmid, Taxon
"The overall goal of this book, though, is to provide a comprehensive guide to the alpine flowers, in their diversity and beauty. In this, I think the authors have done quite well. The guide lists 500 species, and the content is easy to read and provides an efficient overview. With some practice and regular use, this book will be a nice field guide for first use and occasional reference and will stimulate the user to seek additional information from more comprehensive textbooks."
– Peter Schroeder, Plant Science Bulletin
Also available in German
An introduction to alpine flowers 6
Alpine flowers by flower colour 10-181
Red flowers 10
White flowers 52
Blue flowers 100
Yellow flowers 132
Green / brown flowers 176
Botanical terms illustrated 190
The Alps - map of the regions covered (on inside back cover)
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Plants have always been important to Ansgar Hoppe. After working in forestry, he studied biology at the University of Osnabrück and gained his PhD in botany and vegetation science at the Institute of Geobotany at the University of Hanover. He learned about the plants of the Alps and other European mountains through numerous excursions. Since then he has been scientific associate at the University and the Niedersächsischer Heimatbund (NHB) [Heritage Association of Lower Saxony] in Hanover. He is involved with many projects researching conservation of the cultural landscape, as well as working freelance as a botanical expert and author.