Albania is possibly the most rapidly growing tourist destination worldwide. However, detailed and easily accessible information about the country's enormous biodiversity is still scarce.
Illustrated Flora of Albania is the first book in English that covers all the wild plants of a Balkan country, thereby including also a nearly complete and fully coloured iconography. More shortly treated are only some plant genera still insufficiently studied in Albania, e.g. largely apomictic groups like Taraxacum, Rubus, Alchemilla, Hieracium or the notoriously difficult grass-genus Festuca. Naturalists relying more on photos than on collected material hopefully will be able to determine most of the plants alone by comparison with the 5769 single illustrations. This should be possible even in more critical groups (e.g. Apiaceae, Brassicaceae, grasses, sedges), due to numerous detailed illustrations, showing fruits, seeds etc. For each species, additional information like flowering time, life form, and preferred habitat is given in the dichotomous keys. Relevant sources are documented in a comprehensive reference list.
The book features:
- The complete spontaneous flora of the country
- A nearly complete iconography with 377 colour plates, containing 5769 single illustrations
- Numerous colour macro-photos showing relevant plant details (seeds, fruits etc.)
- Dichotomous keys for the determination of species and often also subspecies
- A comprehensive list of cited literature