The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera is a collaborative project of Peg Alrich and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Identification Center. It is intended to fill a void in the existing reference material by providing a comprehensive and updated source of information on the taxonomy and nomenclature of the orchid family.
The dictionary is the most comprehensive collection of orchid genera nomenclature to date with over 3800 names. This easy-to-navigate full-color book contains over 500 pages which present the current status of orchid taxonomy and the history of generic names, making it an important reference for botanists, taxonomists, orchid lovers and horticultural specialists. Easy to read and understand, the color-coded, fact-filled pages are complete with color illustrations or line drawings for each genus. Each genus description for the more than 3000 orchid genera names includes the author(s) name, publication name, as well as page number and year of publication. Accepted genera include subfamily, tribe, and subtribe placement. The etymologies have been carefully researched and greatly expanded from other listings. Each genus has its type species or lectotype listed, the number of species credited to the genus, and the species distribution. Also included is a brief description of the plants and flowers of the genus. Additionally the dictionary includes an introductory overview of the orchid family by David Benzing, the well-known epiphyte ecologist. The appendices include a list of the taxonomists along with their birth/death dates and genera authored, a listing of the standardized publication abbreviations used in literature, and a listing of species illustrations used.