The Bee Orchids of Greece - The genus Ophrys
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Hardback, 320 Pages | 120X215
Published: October 2009
In this book, 124 species, subspecies and varieties of the Ophrys genus are presented, with descriptions which are accompanied by more than 650 photographs!
The self-sowing (wild) orchids are amongst the
most admired plants of the world, with the Greek
species numbering almost 200. Of these, a little
more than half belong to the Ophrys genus, the only
one in which the attraction of insect pollinators is
accomplished through the sexual deception of certain
species of male insects. The biological specialty, in
conjunction with the optical result of the adaptation
of the flowers so that they resemble insects, attracts
the interest of biologists, botanists, photographers
In this book, 124 species, subspecies and varieties of the
Ophrys genus are presented, with descriptions which
are accompanied by more than 650 photographs
taken by the author and many friends and colleagues.
The mode of presentation, with comparisons between
similar species, emphasis on the main characteristics
and photographic documentation of the above,
defines the character of the book which constitutes
a monograph on the genus and, at the same time, a
useful field guide.
It is also an aspiration that this book will constitute
the basis for a better knowledge of the Greek selfsowing
orchids, amongst which are some of the most
beautiful and rarest species in Europe. This would
have, as its consequence, the demonstration of the
need for their protection and for their designation as
an important component of our natural wealth.
This book is also offered in these Languages: Greek