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"The essential guide to wildflowers of mountains, moorland, heath and lowland meadows in Wales"
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A beautifully illustrated guide to wildflowers of the open countryside, with more than 100 large colour photographs including close-ups and size guides; flowering season date strips, and a 'Dulux' colour chart index page to make species identification as straightforward as possible.
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As someone with many years experience of photographing wild flowers in Wales I was impressed by the high quality of the photographs... ...I particularly liked the anecdotes and comments relating to the medicinal uses of some of the plants.
(Jane Rees, writing in Natur Cymru
Writer and broadcaster Pat O'Reilly has wandered the countryside throughout Europe in search of wildflowers for more than 50 years; he has written more than 20 books on wildlife and countryside topics.
Sue Parker is a frequent contributor to countryside magazines, radio and TV programmes and has been studying and photographing wild orchids for more than 30 years; this is Sue's ninth book.
This book uses the commonly accepted term wildflowers, rather than wild flowers. Whatever your preference the flowers illustrated and described in this guide book are some of the most beautiful to be found in Wales.
What’s Special about Open Countryside?
Snowdon Lily (Lloydia serotina)
Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
Globe Flower (Trollius europaeus)
Common Cotton-grass (Eriophorum angustifolium)
Bog Asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum)
Corn Marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum)
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
Carline Thistle (Carlina vulgaris)
Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Common Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala)
Tansy (Tenacetum vulgare)
Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)
Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
Mountain Everlasting (Antennaria dioica)
Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)
Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix)
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Pineappleweed (Matricaria discoidea)
Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata)
Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Greater Knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa)
Lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica)
Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea)
Hoary Plantain (Plantago media)
Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Frog Orchid (Dactylorhiza viridis)
Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)
Heath Speedwell (Veronica officinalis)
Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)
Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)
Greater Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera chlorantha)
Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia)
Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia)
Bush Vetch (Vicia sepium)
White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense)
Autumn Hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis)
Clustered Bellflower (Campanula glomerata)
Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris)
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Tall Ramping Fumitory (Fumaria bastardii)
Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata)
Common Bistort (Persicaria bistorta)
Corn Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Yellow Pimpernel (Lysimachia nemorum)
Common Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus)
Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)
Perforate St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris)
Bramble (Rubus fruticosus)
Eyebright (Euphrasia nemorosa)
Caring for Open Habitats
Several other related species are also pictured and described within the pages of the wildflowers listed above. (This book uses the commonly accepted term wildflowers, rather than wild flowers. Whatever your preference the flowers illustrated and described in this guide book are some of the most beautiful to be found in this kind of wild habitat.)