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The Scent of Orchids: Olfactory and Chemical Investigations

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By: R Kaiser

264 pages, 170 col photos


Hardback | Dec 1993 | #24316 | ISBN: 0444898417
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Contains an introduction to the world of orchids, a description of the orchids found on five continents and the chemistry of their aromas. Lavishly illustrated.

Leslie Crombie Romas Kaiser has brought together in this superb book his knowledge and enthusiasm for the botany and ecology of orchids, his skills as a photographer - most of the 170 orchid photographs are his - and his professional expertise... The Scent of Orchids will stand as a landmark book on orchid perfume, while being a pleasure to read. Nature, Vol 362


Introduction. Part One: Introduction to the World of Orchid Scents. A few comments on the nature of orchids. Plant scents. Trapping and investigation of orchid scents. Scent and pollination principles. Verbal description of scents. Part Two: Interdisciplinary Discussion of Orchid Scents. Orchids of the American tropics. Orchids of the African tropics. Orchids of the Indo-Australian tropics and subtropics. Some European orchids. Part Three: The Chemistry of Orchid Scents. General remarks. Analytical composition of the individual orchid scents. Appendix. References. Suggestions for further reading. Index of orchid species discussed. Acknowledgements.

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