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Orkidéer i Europa: Vilda, Vackra & Väna [Orchids]

Art / Photobook
By: Henrik Ærenlund Pedersen(Author), Bo Mossberg(Illustrator), Marie Widén(Translated by), Lennart Engstrand(Translated by)
208 pages, 215 colour illustrations
Publisher: Bonnier Fakta
Orkidéer i Europa: Vilda, Vackra & Väna [Orchids]
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Language: Swedish

A beautiful, richly illustrated book on Europe's wild orchids – perhaps the most enigmatic and popular group in the botanical world.

The orchid family (Orchidaceae), numbering some 25,000 species, is one of the world's two largest families of flowering plants. Whilst the vast majority of orchids are found in the wet tropics, Europe accommodates circa 130 native orchid species which are equally arranged in dense inflorescences of great beauty. Furthermore, the adaptations encountered in some of the European species are just as fascinating as those of their tropical relatives.

Orkidéer i Europa provides an introduction to the native orchids of Europe. It features four sections: Structure and systematics', Orchids and the environment', Orchid portraits' and How to learn more'. This part constitutes the bulk of the book, presenting individual genera in a sequence which reflects their most likely evolutionary relationships. Each genus is introduced by one page of text and illustrated by one or more colour plates on the following pages. The text gives information on how to recognise the genus, where it is distributed, and the estimated number of species it contains alongside information on the range of environmental requirements and flowering times in the European species. Depending on the genus, additional information may be found on topics such as pollination biology, associated fungi, evolutionary relationships or systematic problems.

Beautiful watercolour artwork accompanies the text, making this an indispensable gift for anyone interested in the natural world. Not only is it a useful field guide, it is also a beautiful art book.

Summary in Swedish:
Få blommor är så älskade och omskrivna som orkidén. Den kan vara storslagen i form och färgprakt eller skir och anspråkslös. Men oavsett om orkidén är överdådig eller till synes enkel har den i alla tider fångat vårt intresse med sin stora skönhet och sinnliga elegans.

I den här rikt illustrerade, faktafylla och tilltalande boken får vi ta del av de vildväxande orkidéarter som finns på vår kontinent. Den vänder sig till såväl nybörjare som botanister och presenterar närmare 200 arter och underarter ordnade i 33 orkidésläkten. Boken inleds med två grundläggande kapitel om bland annat systematik och var och hur orkidéer växer, och avslutas med handgripliga råd om hur man ska gå tillväga för att identifiera orkidéer när man befinner sig ute i naturen.

Orkidéer i Europa kan användas som en praktisk fälthandbok och de vackra, detaljrika akvarellerna och utformningen gör den också till en överdådig konstbok. Det är en omistlig bok för alla som är intresserade av blommor och natur.

Boken har tillkommit i nära samarbete mellan två framstående experter: Sveriges främsta växtillustratör Bo Mossberg och den internationellt erkände botanisten och författaren Henrik Ærenlund Pedersen.

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Art / Photobook
By: Henrik Ærenlund Pedersen(Author), Bo Mossberg(Illustrator), Marie Widén(Translated by), Lennart Engstrand(Translated by)
208 pages, 215 colour illustrations
Publisher: Bonnier Fakta
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