Field Guide to the wild orchids of AndalusiaEditorial La Serrania
Complete nature guide about the wild orchids that can be found in Andalucia and part of the Iberian Peninsula
Among the plant species present in Andalusia, there is a family that stands out for its strange and beautiful flowers. We are referring to orchids, plants that most people associate with the tropics and that, however, are very well represented in Andalusia with at least 65 different taxa, which represents 71% of those existing in the peninsular territory.
This work is divided into five chapters:
The first deals with some general aspects of orchids such as their taxonomic position and the number of species known in the world.
This is followed by the second section which deals with orchid morphology. Here special emphasis is placed on the shape of the flowers, as this is of vital importance for the correct identification of the different taxa included in this book. In addition, the chapter is illustrated with photographs of the three basic flower morphologies predominant in Andalusian orchids.
The third section refers to the biology of orchids, describing how they are nourished, their biological cycle, phenology, pollination mechanisms, fruit and seed development and seed germination.
The fourth chapter deals with orchid conservation in the autonomous community of Andalusia.
The last chapter describes all the orchids present in Andalusia. Firstly, dichotomous keys are included to differentiate the different genera. This is followed by species sheets. For each taxon its scientific name, synonyms, common name if it has one, and then the morphological characteristics are described and its flowering time, habitat, distribution and some observations are indicated, generally if it is protected or included in any red list or some taxonomic commentary. The file is usually completed with three photographs of each orchid and a map of Andalusia with the 10 x 10 km grids where it is present. It should be noted that for the elaboration of the maps the authors have relied on herbarium sheets consulted through the web page www.gibf.es, different books and journal articles, and on their field surveys.
The bibliography and a glossary of botanical terms used complete this publication.
We hope that this work, intended for both the nature lover and the botanist or manager of the natural environment, will serve as a starting point for a better knowledge of the Andalusian orchidioflora and make all Andalusians feel proud of this plant treasure that we must guard in this beautiful and diverse land that is ANDALUSIA.
PUBLISHER: Editorial La Serranía