The New Encyclopedia of Orchids, 1500 Species in CultivationBook - 2008
Provides descriptions of fifteen hundred orchid species, including information on native habitats and cultivation advice.
Botanist La Croix (editor, The Orchid Review, Royal Horticultural Society) draws on fieldwork and on work at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens to present detailed profiles of some 1500 cultivated species of orchids in 350 genera from Acampe to Zygostates. In addition to providing general information about orchid cultivation, she updates plant names per the Kew Genera Orchidacearum project that reflects the latest taxonomic thinking and recent developments in DNA analysis. The volume includes a preface by retired Kew curator Phillip Cribb, stunning photographs by Manual Aubron, a glossary, bibliography, and indexing by common and scientific name. The author grows tropical African orchids, her specialty, in a greenhouse in Scotland. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
1500 orchid species are profiled in this authoritative, detailed, and carefully researched encyclopedia. Infinitely varied and hugely interesting, these strikingly beautiful plants are sumptuously illustrated with over 1000 photographs in a reference that no orchid lover can afford to be without. Isobyl la Croix is a scientist, plant hunter, and horticulturalist; her deep passion for orchids informs the plant selection and adds depth to the plant descriptions. The cultivation advice includes information about the orchid's native habitat—including elevation, geography, and climate. Recent developments in DNA analysis have led to some surprising findings with regard to the relationships between orchids, and the author has undertaken an extensive effort to bring all orchid names up-to-date to reflect the latest scientific thinking and taxonomy. From Acampe to Zygostates, no other serious reference approaches the depth and authority of this remarkable book.