156 pages, 300+ colour photos and colour illustrations, 50 colour distribution maps
This is a photographic account of the hardy slipper orchid genus Cypripedium and its hybrids, aimed mainly at professional and amateur growers, but will also appeal to orchid lovers. Cypripedium or hardy slipper orchids are one of the most popular groups of orchids, and their 100 or more hybrids are particularly easy to grow.
The main feature of Hardy Cypripedium: Species, Hybrids and Cultivation is the array of spectacular and beautiful photography of the 50 species and 100 hybrids of Cypripedium. The accompanying text includes plant descriptions, distribution, ecology, habitat and habit, as well as cultivation methods and details of nurseries offering slipper orchids. Other sections cover the history, morphology, ecology and conservation of Cypripedium.
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Werner Frosch is the leading breeder of Cypripedium hybrids. Based in Germany, he has travelled widely to see Cypripedium species in the wild in China and the USA.
Phillip Cribb is a leading specialist on the taxonomy and conservation of orchids. He is an author of many publications including Guide to the Flowers of Western China, and Growing Hardy Orchids .