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Genera Orchidacearum, Volume 5: Epidendroideae (Part 2)

Flora / FaunaMonograph
Classification of orchids based on evolutionary history, determined by morphology and DNA data
Contains diagnostic line drawings and colour photographs
Includes cultivation notes
Includes distribution maps

Series: Genera Orchidacearum Volume: 5

By: Alec M Pridgeon (Editor), Phillip J Cribb (Editor), Mark W Chase (Editor), Finn N Rasmussen (Editor)

584 pages, 48 colour plates, 400 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Oct 2009 | #176137 | ISBN-13: 9780198507130
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NHBS Price: £135.00 $172/€161 approx

About this book

The Genera Orchidacearum series represents a robust and natural classification of the orchids, something that has eluded plant scientists and orchid enthusiasts for years. The editors, who are all distinguished orchid specialists, incorporate a wealth of new DNA data into a truly phylogenetic classification, identifying the areas and taxa that merit additional work. To this end, they have invited several international specialists to contribute in their particular areas of expertise. Each volume provides comprehensive coverage of one or two orchid subfamilies and the series as a whole will be an indispensable reference tool for scientists, orchid breeders and growers.

Orchidaceae is the largest monocotyledon family and perhaps the largest plant family in terms of number of species, approximately 25,000. However, for a variety of reasons it remains one of the least understood. The fossil record is poor, and active research has been relatively scarce until recent years, in part because of the sheer size and cosmopolitan distribution of the family.

The fifth volume treats 186 genera in tribe Cymbidieae of the largest subfamily, Epidendroideae, including some of the showiest orchids often used in hybridizing. Comprehensive treatments are provided for each genus, which include complete nomenclature, description, distribution (with map), anatomy, palynology, cytogenetics, phytochemistry, phylogenetics, pollination, ecology, and economic uses. Cultivation notes are included for those genera known to be in hobbyist collections. Genera are beautifully illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs.


Contents

List of contributors
List of colour plates
CYMBIDIEAE

1. Catasetinae
2. Coeliopsidinae
3. Cymbidiinae
4. Cyrtopodiinae
5. Eriopsidinae
6. Eulophiinae
7. Maxillariinae
8. Oncidiinae
9. Stanhopeinae
10. Vargasiellinae
11. Zygopetalinae

Addendum - Nomenclatural changes in Laeliinae (volume 4)
Glossary
References
Index to scientific names
Subject index


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