This wide-ranging and lavish book presents an expert survey of the incredible floral diversity of the different regions of the world. A comprehensive introduction looks at the world of wild flowers and the history of their classification. It describes many of the habitats around the world where wild flowers thrive, from mountainous regions to temperate meadows, deserts and floodplains. More than 1730 species are featured, arranged according to region and then by plant family. The key features of each main entry are described to help identify the species, and each entry is illustrated with a botanically accurate profile of the plant, together with identifying details and a map showing where the species originated. With 3800 specially commissioned watercolours, maps and photographs, this beautifully illustrated guide to the wild flowers and flora of the world will appeal to every naturalist.