The first volume of this important modern re-classification of the orchid family. Volume One begins with several general introductory chapters outlining the long history of the efforts to provide a scientific classification of the orchids. Following these chapters are descriptions of subfamilies Apostasioideae and Cypripedioideae, which comprise approximately 150 species in seven genera.
Very comprehensive descriptions are provided for each of the genera, including the complete nomenclature and type citation, distribution, anatomy, palynology, embryology, cytogenetics, ecology, phenology and pollination, phytochemistry, phylogenetics, cultivation, economic uses, taxonomic notes, and a select bibliography. The Cypripedioideae include the slipper orchids, arguably the most attractive and popular orchids of all, and this volume should have an especially wide appeal as a result. In addition, it is beautifully illustrated with many line drawings and colour photographs.
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