Wild Orchids in the Algarve (ISBN-13: 978-0-9560544-2-5) by Sue Parker

Wild Orchids in the Algarve, by Sue Parker

"Go to the right places in the Algarve at the right times of year, and the most amazing orchid sights will greet you. This beautifully illustrated book answers those crucial questions What, Where and When...". Recommended Retail Price 10 Euros + TVA (£6-60 + P&P in the UK)

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A beautifully illustrated guide to finding and identifying wild orchids in the Algarve. More than 100 large colour photographs. Details of dozens of the Algarve's amazing wild orchids and their habitats. 'Where and when to look' advice plus a site location map, details of the Algarve's nature reserves and other orchid walks.

Since its launch in 2009 this book has been consistently in the top three on the Algarve non-fiction bestsellers list.

Sample pages

All pages are lavishly illustrated. In-situ and in addition where appropriate closeup photographs complement the descriptions to help with the identification of wild orchid species.

Sample pages


Main section headings of this 68-page book:

The Algarve, its climate and habitats

What is an Orchid?

A Bit about Orchid Biology

Algarve Orchid Habitats and how to Survive them

How to Find Wild Orchids in the Algarve

Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

Violet Limodore (Limodorum abortivum)

The Anacamptis morio Group

Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio)

Long-spurred Orchid (Anacamptis longicornu)

Champagne Orchid (Anacamptis champagneuxii)

Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italicus)

Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora)

Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)

Conical Orchid (Orchis conica)

Ophrys Species in the Algarve

Bumblebee Orchid (Ophrys bombyliflora)

Mirror Orchid (Ophrys speculum)

Ophrys speculum ssp. lusitanica (also known as Ophrys vernixia)

Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea)

Woodcock Orchid (Ophrys scolopax)

Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinfera)

Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)

Sombre Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca)

Ophrys omegaifera

Small-flowered Tongue Orchid (Serapias parviflora)

Heart-flowered Tongue Orchid (Serapias cordigera)

Autumn Lady’s-tresses (Spiranthes spiralis)

Orchid Walks in the Algarve

Nature Conservation and Natural Parks in the Algarve

Finding Your Way About


What a delight it is to come across a book that provides such helpful advice and beautiful pictures to help visitors to this wildflower wonderland. I particularly value having a map as well as location information for the dozens of wildflowers that grown in southern Portugal in springtime (December to May being the key months). The scientific names are included for those who prefer to work that way. A pocket guide that is excellent value for money and beautifully produced. Ten out of ten!
(Review on Amazon)

Sue Parker has made a detailed study of the habitats and hotspots preferred by the species of wils orchids that occur in the Algarve, Portugal's most famous and ecologically-rich region. Details of habitat preferences, flowering times and other clues to finding orchids. Advice on some of the most prolific wild orchid sites, with directions for "orchid walks" and which species can be found there. A well illustrated and modestly priced introductory guide, ideal for visitors to and residents of the region.
(Review by Summerfield Books)

There are many more reviews like these, both in wildlife and countryside magazines and online.

About the author

Sue Parker

Born in Tenby in South Wales, after living in many other countries and travelling the world as an essential part of her job as director of a media marketing company, Sue now shares her time between her homes in Wales and in the Algarve as well as travelling, mainly in Europe, to see, photograph and learn more about wild terrestrial orchids.

Sue Parker's passion for wild orchids dates back to her childhood in the Far East, where epiphytic orchids grew on the fence at the bottom of her garden, and the tropical countryside abounded with orchids as well as many other beautiful exotic flowers. To date Sue has written eight books about wildflowers, including three that are devoted to terrestrial orchids. She has also made radio and television programmes about orchids and continues to contribute articles to countryside magazines.

This book uses the commonly accepted term wildflowers, rather than wild flowers. Whatever your preference the wild orchids illustrated and described in this guide book are some of the most beautiful flowers to be found in the Algarve, southern Portugal.

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