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Orchid Seed Diversity: A Scanning Electron Microscopy Survey

  • 620 scanning electron micrographs of orchid seeds
  • Detailed seed descriptions for 350 genera, as well as for 14 tribes and the five orchid subfamilies
  • An introduction summarizing earlier studies on orchid seeds and current knowledge of orchid phylogeny
  • A consistent terminology for characters of the orchid seed coat
  • The definition of 17 orchid seed types
  • A discussion on the systematic and diagnostic value and evolution of orchid seed characters
  • Seed characters and seed types visualized on 26 phylogenetic trees
  • References
  • An appendix listing the sources of the orchid seed material studied
  • An index to genera and higher taxa

Series: Englera Volume: 32

By: Wilhelm Barthlott(Author), Bernadette Große-Veldmann(Author), Nadja Korotkova(Author)

245 pages, 620 b/w photos, 33 colour photos and colour & b/w illustrations

Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin

Paperback | Dec 2014 | #220972 | ISBN-13: 9783921800928
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £29.99 $39/€33 approx

About this book

The orchid family (Orchidaceae), with some 22 000 species, is one of the two largest families of plants. In spite of the vast available literature on orchids, rather little is known about their seeds, which are generally considered as wind dispersed, small and reduced "dust seeds".

For this first monograph of orchid seeds, the authors have analysed some 1 400 collections of orchid seeds over the last four decades by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and other methods. The material studied represents about 1 100 species from 350 genera (out of about 880 recognized orchid genera).

Orchid Seed Diversity provides a unique and indispensable resource for all those studying orchid systematics, those seeking to identify orchid seeds, as well as those with more general interests in the Orchidaceae.

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