Ophrys. The Bee Orchids of Europe


Ophrys. The Bee Orchids of Europe Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Royal Botanic Gardens: Kew Publishing Pages: 176 Illustrations and other contents: Illustrations, color ISBN: 9781842461525 Categories: , ,

The genus Ophrys, the charismatic bee orchids, constitutes one of the most diverse and biologically fascinating groups of plants to be encountered in Europe, paticularly the Mediterranean.

This book offers an easy to use, comprehensive introduction to the genus Ophrys throughout its European range. It can be used as a field guide (with keys, descriptions and numerous colour photographs) as well as a standard reference (with chapters on structure, biology, evolution and conservation). The classification is based on a broad species concept, and offers an alternative to the finely split classifications of the genus that prevail in most recent field guides.

Finally, the chapter ‘recommended Ophrys excursions’ is ideal for planning field trips, and a chapter contributed by Richard L. Manuel gives ample guidelines for cultivation.

Weight0.85 kg

Author Biography

Henrik AE. Pedersen is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, where he is curator at the Botanical Garden & Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark. His research on the systematics, biogeography, ecology and conservation biology of orchids is focused in Europe, the Mediterranean and tropical Asia. Niels Faurholdt trained as a forest and landscape engineer, has worked as a forest ranger and now teaches plant biology and plant identification at Roskilde Technical College, Vilvorde.