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Wild Orchids of Britain (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 19)

Author: V. S. Summerhayes
Pages: 384
Print on Demand: No stock held, printed to order.
Theme: Natural history (wild animals)
Format: Hardback
Publication Date: 14/07/2009
ISBN: 978-0-00-730813-2

A treasure for all lovers of wild plants – Wild Orchids of Britain provides a detailed account of all our orchid species, varieties and hybrids, and has a useful key to identification. This edition is exclusive to

Now published in a revised edition, with a complete set of new distribution maps from the Atlas of the British Flora, this beautiful book remains the standard work in its subject, a treasure for all lovers of wild plants. Dr. Summerhayes, in charge of the orchid collection at Kew from 1924 to 1964, looks at our fifty-odd species in relation to the vast orchid family throughout the world, discusses their general biology and natural history in Britain, gives a detailed account of all our orchid species, varieties and hybrids, and provides a useful key to identification.

The colour photographs represent every known British species with the exception of Orchis cruenta and O. occidentalis.

  • ‘It has just those qualities to endear it to botanist and field naturalist alike. It is a carefully planned, well written and lavishly illustrated book, and it deals simply, clearly, and authoritatively with a family of plants of unparalleled interest and beauty.’ Countryside
  • ‘A botanical work of outstanding importance, likely to remain the standard textbook on its subject for many a long day. At the same time it will appeal to all wild-flower-loving countrymen and enable them to identify each and every one of the wild orchids that they may find on their rambles. The book is magnificently illustrated.’ The Countryman
  • ‘If there is any book guaranteed to make any nature lover into a keen hunter of our native orchids, it is this.’ Scotsman
  • ‘Unstinted praise is due to author, photographers and all who have had a hand in the production of this fine book.’ The Naturalist