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The World Encyclopedia of Wild Flowers and Flora

Field / Identification Guide

By: Mike Lavelle

256 pages, colour photographs and illustrations

Lorenz Books

Hardback | Dec 2006 | #159184 | ISBN: 0754814963
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NHBS Price: £16.99 $22/€19 approx

About this book

A visual guide to more than 750 of the most important wild flowers, trees, shrubs, herbs, cacti, grasses, mosses, aquatic plants and weeds. Each catalogue entry details the flower size, shape, colour, height, leaf, habitat and distribution, as well as the growth stages of the plant, from seeds, buds and open bloom to pollination and seedhead. A detailed introduction describes the life cycle of wild flowers, the habitats in which they thrive, and how to identify them in their own habitat.

The encyclopedia is divided geographically into the distinct areas of Europe and Africa, the Americas, and Australia and Oceania. The key features of each habitat are clearly described, together with an analysis of the type of plants that exist in each one and any common qualities they have. The individual entries are arranged according to plant family, and the key features of each are described in full. For each entry, details are provided, such as flower colour, size and shape; stem height and spread; leaf size, shape and colour; the number of flowers per flowerhead and the number of flowerheads per stem, as well as details of their environment and their pollinating insects. A map accompanying each entry shows the countries where each flower is known to proliferate.

With more than 1750 colour photographs, specially commissioned watercolour artworks and maps, this richly illustrated guide to the world's flora is a comprehensive reference source to be used by the family, libraries, schools and professional horticulturists.

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Michael Lavelle is a committed environmentalist and a keen observer of nature since his early childhood in Lancashire. Michael studied horticulture at Askham Bryan College in York and environmental management at Wye College in Kent. He worked as a professional landscaper before starting a career as a horticultural lecturer in the early 1990s. Michael has designed and constructed several educational exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show, achieving prestigious gold medals in 1999 and 2003. He currently works as a senior lecturer in landscape management at Writtle College in Chelmsford, England and won the Guild of Garden Writers Award in 2000 for his book, Organic Garden.

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