October 2013

We have just learned of an exciting new addition to the books available on the wild flowers of the Algarve which will be published by Kew.
• The most comprehensive field guide to the wild flowers of the Algarve written to date
• The first identification guide to the flora of the Algarve written to appeal to both amateur naturalists and professional botanists alike
• 680 unique line drawings to complement the text and aid easy and reliable identification
• 470 unique colour photographs which beautifully depict the plants in their natural habitat, and aid identification
• 996 species descriptions which are designed for quick and easy identification in the field
• Introductory passages which include information on climate, geology, agriculture, wild flower classification, and flower morphology.
This is the first comprehensive identification guide to the rich Mediterranean flora of the Algarve region of southern Portugal, including the Cape St. Vincent Peninsula National Park, an area of immense botanical importance with numerous endemic and rare species. The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe (it receives more than 7 million tourists per annum), and this guide is the essential companion for wildlife tourists, and the first comprehensive easy-to-use identification guide to its wild flowers.
Information is provided on where and when to see plants with information on their habitat and vegetation types. In addition rare and unusual plants of the region are highlighted, including orchids and parasitic plants. With over 1,000 species descriptions, the book is abundantly illustrated throughout with over 650 stunning colour photographs, 780 line drawings and distribution maps.
Author information
Chris Thorogood studied parasitic plant biology for his PhD at the University of Bristol where he then worked as a postdoctoral researcher. Chris has taught field courses to university students with Simon Hiscock in the Algarve since 2006, during which time they documented the flora of the region, and he currently studies the flora of the western Mediterranean basin and has a particular interest in parasitic plant speciation.

Simon Hiscock is Professor of Botany in the Biological Sciences Department, University of Bristol and Director of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. He has lead botanical field courses in the Algarve since 2002 and his main areas of research include plant evolutionary genetics and plant reproduction.


For more information, publication scheduled for February 2014.


The illustrated talk given by Dr. Elizabete Marchante  at the Algarve MGS Spring Conference in March 2013 is now available online.


Acacia dealbata

Pela equipa do projecto “Plantas invasoras: uma ameaça vinda de fora”
www.invasoras.ptCentro de Ecologia Funcional/Universidade de Coimbra
Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra/Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra


Mediterranean Ecology, Prof. Oliver Rackham                                        https://vimeo.com/48385302

Bulbs, Corms & Rhizomes for Mediterranean Gardens, John Fielding       https://vimeo.com/71566334