Edited By: EM Beekman
192 pages, 21 b/w & 16 col illus
First book to gather and translate into English all the sections of Rumphius' The Ambonese Herbal devoted to orchids. Includes descriptions of 36 species of orchids found on the island of Ambon in eastern Indonesia, plus 12 uncertified ones. Describes each plant, names it according to a pre-Linnaean system of nomenclature, gives its locality, and details its medicinal and non-medicinal uses.
Books like this are not written any more because people with Rumphius' knowledge and writing skills do not exist any more. He paints a picture of the world he lived in, a picture no one else has provided and of great historical and ethnobotanical interest. Henk van der Werff, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri "A book filled with interesting titbits of information that hold the reader's attention. Enlightening and original." Wesley E. Higgins, Director of Systematics, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
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