About the Book:
Orchids of the Maltese Islands contains the most up-to-date information about the orchids of Malta, backed by twelve years of surveying and research by botanist and taxonomist Stephen Mifsud. The book features:
- All species occurring in the Maltese Islands, including new species to science described from Malta.
- Species profiles covering nomenclature, etymology, habitat, distribution, frequency, a detailed morphological description, species variability, closely related species, taxonomic notes and local history and a quick identification note.
- Observed pollinators for each orchid
- Identification keys for determining species in the field.
- More than 300 photos from orchids in Malta.
- Distribution maps for each species
- Evolution, ecology, classification, hybridisation, and fascinating pollination techniques that are unique to orchids
- Four in-depth taxonomic discussions for the academic reader.
- Reference tables for quick access to information: flowering periods, common names, pollinators, taxa lists, etc.
- A photographic collage of orchids found in neighbouring Sicily.
- An extensive glossary with 110 terms.
About the Author:
Stephen Mifsud is a self-taught botanist who graduated as a plant taxonomist in 2013 at the University of Edinburgh. He has had a passion for wild plants since the early 2000s, when he created the popular website MaltaWildPlants.com and which he still maintains. His studies of the Maltese flora have progressed throughout the years, where he read a Masters in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the University of Edinburgh. He has written some 40 research papers and described five taxa of plants new to science, three of which are endemic orchids. He participated in the red-list assessment of Mediterranean monocots and some endemic species for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and is currently studying local species of fungi. He is proud father of two children and lives in Gozo.