This wide-ranging and lavish book, substantially updated and adapted for this new large-format edition, presents an expert survey of the incredible floral diversity of the different regions of the world. More than 1730 species are featured, arranged according to region and then by plant family. The key features of each main entry are described to help identify the species, and each entry is illustrated with a botanically accurate profile of the plant, together with identifying details and a map showing where the species originated. With 3800 specially commissioned paintings, maps and photographs, this beautifully illustrated guide to the wild flowers and flora of the world is a must-have volume for every naturalist.
About the Author
Mick Lavelle is a horticulturist and senior lecturer in Landscape Management at Writtle College, Chelmsford, UK. A keen observer of nature since his early childhood, he studied horticulture at Askham Bryan College in York, England, and environmental management at Wye College in Kent. He worked as a landscaper before becoming a horticultural lecturer in the 1990s. Mick has designed and constructed several educational exhibits at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show on the subject of plants and their uses, achieving gold and silver medals. He is a book author and magazine writer on the subjects of plants and gardens as well as a broadcaster on local radio. He is also a senior lecturer in landscape management at Writtle University College, Chelmsford, UK.