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A Pocket Guide to the Orchids of Britain and Ireland

By Anne & Simon Harrap



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Author Anne & Simon Harrap
Binding Paperback
Date published April 2016
Number of pages 256
Publisher Featherstone Education
ISBN / Item No. 9781472924858


The orchid family is one of the largest plant families in the world, reaching its highest diversity in the tropics where their exotic and colourful flowers are often truly breath-taking. Britain and Ireland have just 56 species of wild orchid, some of which are rare or scarce, whilst others are surprisingly inconspicuous.

Yet, whether large or small, all orchids share flamboyant flower structures and incredible beauty. This pocket guide allows the identification of all species of orchid in the British Isles.

It has concise text highlighting identification criteria as well as notes on biology, habitat and conservation, along with stunning colour photographs and accurate range maps based on those compiled by the Biological Record Centre.

This book provides the perfect guide to these beautiful and evocative plants, and is a must for any field naturalist.

© The Royal Horticultural Society 2017