Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East


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Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Kreutz Publishers
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Pages: 1200 Illustrations and other contents: ~4000 colour photos and illustrations ISBN: 9789083141121 Categories: , , Tag:

This Guide to the Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, presents the first comprehensive overview of all named orchid taxa in the region.

For each taxon there is a description, with three or four photographs, showing the orchid’s variability and diagnostic characters. Nomenclature, type information and notes on etymology, flowering period, habitat, and elevation are also provided.

Closely related taxa are arranged in groups, to make identification easier. 

Information on the distribution of the species is provided at the edge of the page, e.g. ‘Greece (Rhodes, Chios)’. Based on this geographical information, it is easy to check which species can be expected when traveling to a specific region, country or island. A small-scale distribution map would not show the distribution clearly enough to serve any useful purpose, especially for taxa which occur in only a few locations or on a small island.

Further details regarding the book, taken from the introduction section,  can be viewed here


Guide to the Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East is a synopsis of the author’s forthcoming 6 volume work Die Orchideen Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens. In that work, more detailed information and many more photographs will be provided, including full typification with images of the type specimens and distribution maps in UTM – 25 km grid.



Weight3.2 kg



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Author Biography

Carolus Adrianus Johannes "Karel" Kreutz (born 1954) is a Dutch orchidologist, botanical writer and taxonomist, currently affiliated with the Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis in Leiden, Netherlands. He is regarded as an exceptionally experienced orchidologist and expert on taxonomy. He has many scientific publications to his name.  He has also published several orchid floras and field guides from 1998 onwards. These include orchid floras for Turkey, Rhodes and Karpathos, Cyprus, Netherlands, Germany and more recently Crimea (2018), the Benelux countries (2019 and a field guide in 2021), and Israel (2021). Details on some of these, including those still in print, can be viewed here.