A unique window on the floral wonders of the Mediterranean world, with 600 stunning colour photographs accompanied by descriptions of the species, plant families and their distribution.
Foreword Preface What and Where is the Mediterranean Climate? The Five Mediterranean Climate Regions Shared Plants Floral Communities & Adaptations Geophytes & Annuals Pollination Importance of Fire & Impact of Man Invasive Species Photographing Plants in the Wild MEDITERRANEAN BASIN Western Mediterranean Eastern Mediterranean CALIFORNIA Coast & Sierras Southern Deserts CHILE Northern Chile Southern Chile AUSTRALIA The South-West SOUTH AFRICA Western Cape Acknowledgements Bibliography Glossary Index
Chris and Basak Gardner are authors of the acclaimed Flora of the Silk Road (I.B. Tauris, 2014). They have led specialist botanical and wildlife tours worldwide for nearly two decades (www.viranaturatours.com). Both are professional botanists with extensive experience in identifying and photographing flowers. Basak was head of the herbarium at Nezahat Gokyigit Botanic Garden in Istanbul, whilst Chris is also an experienced garden designer and co-author of the successful book, The Plant Hunters (1998). Chris has been accorded the distinction of having a flower named after him - Bellevalia chrisii - a species he discovered whilst leading a tour with Basak in the Anti-Taurus mountains of Turkey.