Field Guide to the wild orchids of Andalusia
Field Guide to the wild orchids of Andalusia
Field Guide to the wild orchids of Andalusia
Field Guide to the wild orchids of Andalusia

Field Guide to the wild orchids of Andalusia

Editorial 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 Andalucia, there is a family that stands out for its strange and beautiful flowers. We refer to the orchids, plants that most people associate with the tropics and that, however, are very well represented in the Andalusian territory with at least 65 different taxa, representing 71% of those existing in the peninsular territory.

This work is structured in five chapters:

The first one deals with some general aspects of orchids such as their taxonomic position and the number of species known in the world.

The second chapter deals with the morphology of orchids. Here special emphasis is placed on the shape of the flowers, as it 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 morphologies of flowers predominant in Andalusian orchids.

The third section refers to the biology of orchids, describing how they feed, their life cycle, their phenology, pollination mechanisms, the development of fruits and seeds and their germination.

The fourth chapter deals with the conservation of orchids in the autonomous community of Andalusia.

The last chapter describes all the orchids present in Andalusia. First of all, 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 card is usually completed with three photographs of each orchid and a map of Andalucia with the 10 x 10 km grids where it is present. It is necessary to comment that for the elaboration of the maps the authors have been based on herbarium sheets consulted through the web page, different books and articles of magazines, and in their field surveys.

The bibliography used and a glossary where the botanical terms used are collected complete this publication.

We hope that this work, intended for both the nature lover and the botanist or manager of the natural environment, serves as a starting point for a better knowledge of the Andalusian orchidioflora and makes us feel proud of all Andalusians of this plant treasure that we must guard in this land so beautiful and diverse that is ANDALUSIA.

PUBLISHER: Editorial La Serrania