Israel will probably not ring a bell for many as being an orchid country. A simple comparison: the island of Cyprus, not far from Israel’s coast, is half of Israel’s size and has twice the number of orchid species. But then, the difference in climate is vast. Moreover, in Israel you will find orchids that naturally grow as far east as the Caucasus or Iran, even Oman. The four authors of this beautiful book, two from the Netherlands (who both did fieldwork in Israel several times), two from Israel, make clear that Israel is really an orchid country.

Gab van Winkel