Georgia comprises an extraordinary range of ecosystems, from humid Colchic forest to continental steppe, from Mediterranean vegetation along the Black Sea coast to alpine meadows next to glaciated peaks. So, this small country is an important component of the biodiversity hotspot that is the Caucasus ecoregion.
The Illustrated Field Guide to the Flora of Georgia depicts more than 1200 plant species, which covers nearly a third of the Georgian flora. Almost all of the 3500 photos have been taken in the wild. The species are grouped by family, and for each species relevant information such as distribution range, distribution in Georgia (shown in 1010 maps), endemism, habitat, flowering period and common synonyms are given. The guide is designed as a practical companion for excursions, both for nature enthusiasts and botanists. The three authors are botanists, connected to German Universities or Botanic Gardens. Since 1999, they are in close contact with Georgian colleagues in Tbilisi and Batumi. Together they conducted more than 20 excursions, leading to most of the provinces of Georgia.