Flowers of the Himalaya

Flowers of the Himalaya

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Author: Oleg Polunin
Adam Stainton/
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 580
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195641876


With 690 color photographs of plants taken in the field and 365 line drawings of plants, this is the first book of its kind, helping the reader to identify the wild flowers of the Himalayas, from Kashmir and Ladakh in the west, to the Nepal-Sikkim border in the east.

The authors describe some 1500 species of flowers, found in the upper valleys, hills, and higher mountainous regions of the Indian subcontinent.

The book gives details of where to go plant-hunting, and at what seasons of the year. There are over 690 color photographs of plants, taken in the filed, and 365 line drawings of plants, made in the field or from herbarium specimens. In all, more than a thousand species are illustrated here. Also included are descriptions of types of climate, geology, altitude effects, and the effects of man and animal on the vegetation, as well as a glossary of terms and a bibliography.

This book will appeal to the layman and prove indispensable to the keen naturalist.


This excellent and superbly produced volume is a work of art and a valuable field guide as well. - The Statesman

the most complete and reliable guide to flowers in the Himalaya. - The Mountaineer


OLEG POLUNIN authored a remarkable series of field guides to the flora of Europe and elsewhere; these include Flowers of Europe, Flowers of South-West Europe; and Flowers of Greece and the Balkans in addition to the present volume.

ADAM STAINTON was a celebrated botanist.