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Flora alpina

Flora alpina
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Year of publication2004
Author(s)David Aeschimann
Co-authorsKonrad Lauber, Daniel Martin Moser, Jean-Paul Theurillat
PublisherHaupt Verlag
Number of pages2670
Languagede, fr, it
PriceEuro 190.-, CHF 286.-
How many vascular plants make up the flora of the Alps? What do they look like? What is their correct designation? What species are annual, perennial or xyloid? When do they flower? Where can they be found? What ecology characterises the individual species? The answers to these and other questions can all be found in Flora alpina, a new publication in three volumes that covers all the flowering plants and ferns of the entire alpine region, from Vienna to Nice, from valley floor to eternal snow.
The Alpine range boasts an astonishing biodiversity: Around 4,500 species of vascular plants, i.e. more than a third of all European flowering plants and ferns, are indigenous to the Alps. Each native species and a selection of neophytes are featured in the book along with an extensive multilingual (de/fr/it/sl/en) nomenclature complete with bibliography, symbols, biological and ecological data, distribution charts, and one to two colour photographs per plant.
The authors (together with renowned botanists from other countries) have compiled a reference book of international importance, and as Flora alpina does not depend on any particular language it will considerably facilitate communication between scientists and amateurs alike. The book is the first complete plant atlas of the Alps, and is the fruit of decades of botanical research.