The Book of Orchids : A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World


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The Book of Orchids : A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: The Ivy Press Pages: 656 ISBN: 9781782404033 Categories: ,

One of every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid. Some are incredibly showy whilst others are almost inconspicuous. The Orchidaceae is the second most widely geographically distributed family, after the grasses, yet remains one of the least understood.

This book profile s600 species, representing the remarkable and unexpected diversity and complexity in the taxonomy and phylogeny of these beguiling plants, and the extraordinary means they have evolved in order to ensure the attraction of pollinators. Each species is photographed to capture its detail, and shown life-size, and each is accompanied by text offering a species profile.

Weight2.5 kg
"This is a book for anyone interested in plants even if they do not have an orchid growing on a windowsill. It is also a title for anyone with an interest in seeing how beautifully a book can be created both in physical form as well as design and content." * The Garden (RHS Magazine) * "In this ambitious book, the authors invite you to journey with them around the world and see orchids for the marvels of nature they truly are." * The Lady *

Author Biography

Maarten Christenhusz is a botanist who has worked for the Finnish Museum of Natural History and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is deputy editor of the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. Mark Chase is a senior research scientist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He co-edited Genera Orchidacearum and has contributed to more than 500 publications on plant science. Tom Mirenda is the Director of Horticulture, Education and Outreach at the Hawaii Tropical Botanic Garden and the former Orchid Collection Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington. He frequently lectures on orchid ecology and conservation in the US and abroad, and is a columnist for Orchids, the magazine of the American Orchid Society.