Alpine Flowers

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9781852845650
Published
25 Feb 2014
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First
Pages
144
Size
15.5 x 10.0 x 0.9cm

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A pocket field guidebook for identifying 230 of the most commonly found alpine flowers of the Alps. Categorised by colour for quick identification, each alpine flower has a photograph and description of its key features. Flower names are given in English, French, German, Italian and Latin, with notes on curious facts and origins of names.

Seasons Seasons
Flowers don't begin appearing until early spring (March) at medium altitudes with the thaw under way. The whole brilliant show is in full swing up at high altitudes from June through to August/September, but many flowers also come out as late as October.
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852845650
Published
25 Feb 2014
Edition
First
Pages
144
Size
15.5 x 10.0 x 0.9cm
  • Overview

    It happens to us all. Engaged in a stiff climb or leisurely stroll you spot a flower out of the corner of your eye, take a photograph or just try and store the memory, so that you can look it up when you get home. This pocket field guide to 230 flower species commonly-found in the Alps was made for those moments - every curious Alpinist should carry one.

    For the purposes of this book, the altitude of 1500m above sea level has been taken as the cut-off level for alpine flowers, although the odd exception found lower down and considered to be of special interest has been included.

    The primary method of identification used here is colour, and to make flower recognition quick and easy – the aim of this guide – flowers have been grouped together under their dominant colour. The colours are presented in the following order in this book:

    • Red: shades from pink to red and burgundy
    • Yellow: covering the range through to orange
    • Blue: from light hues through to royal blue
    • Purple: delicate lilac to rich purple charged with blue and red
    • White: predominantly white or creamish. Green has also been included here

    As well as a photograph, key characteristics of each alpine flower are briefly described in simple language for (and by) the non-expert. Notes on name derivation and traditional uses are included. Specialised terminology has been purposely kept to a minimum; however, some terms are necessary for distinguishing similar species and to help observation and identification.

    Each individual flower heading shows the name in English and then underneath, in Latin (in italics), then French, German and Italian. A Glossary and a simplified diagram of a flower are also provided at the front of the book, after the contents page. 

    The product of author Gillian Price's 30-year love affair with the Alps, this pocket handbook will be an ideal companion for anyone interested in the remarkable natural gems of the Alpine meadows.

  • Contents

    Glossary   

    Introduction   

    Survival Techniques
    Reproduction   
    Migration and Climate Change   
    Naming   
    Identification   
    Distribution   

    Flowers

    Red   
    Yellow   
    Blue   
    Purple   
    White   

    Appendices   

    Botanical Gardens across the Alps   
    Flower Index   
     

    Glossary 
      
    Introduction
    Survival Techniques   
    Reproduction   
    Migration and Climate Change   
    Naming   
    Identification   
    Distribution   

    Flowers   
    Red   
    Yellow   
    Blue   
    Purple   
    White   

    Appendices
    Botanical Gardens across the Alps   
    Flower Index

  • Updates
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    May 2014

    Since the guide went to press the recommended website: www.alpineflowers.net has become unavailable.

    The best website to use instead is www.fiorialpini.net.

  • Reviews

    Kev Reynolds, author of over 30 guidebooks for Cicerone, gives this brief recommendation:

    I hope you're well pleased with the production; it's everything a pocket guide to alpine flowers should be: immensely attrractive, with crisp clear photos and (from what I can tell from the briefest of readings) concise descriptive text to aid identification.  It will have a permanent place in my pocket whenever I'm in the Alps in future - I only wish I'd had it fifty years ago!! Wonderful!  Congratulations to all involved.

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Gillian Price

Gillian Price was born in England but has lived in Venice for many years. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.

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