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A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species (2-Volume Set)

Flora / Fauna
The most comprehensive, illustrated reference for miniature orchid species published to date
A uniquely detailed overview of selected miniature orchid species and cultivars from across 122 genera in an encyclopaedic format
Over 1800 full-colour, small and large format photographs that document each of the species covered
The first print published images of a number of different species

Series: A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species

By: Ron Parsons (Author), Mary E Gerritsen (Author), Alastair S Robinson (Editor), Isobyl la Croix (Foreword By)

1140 pages, 1800+ colour photos

Redfern Natural History

Hardback | signed | Jan 2014 | #209911
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About this book

Orchids represent probably the largest of all flowering plant families on Earth and are renowned the world over for their exquisite flowers. Their remarkable blooms occur in all manner of size and shape, and orchid flowers range from some of the smallest and most diminutive in the plant kingdom to some of the largest and most flamboyant. Historically, the most popular orchids in cultivation have been those with large, showy flowers, however a significant proportion of known orchid species are far smaller. Within this group lie the true jewels of the orchid family, the miniature orchid species, which can produce some of the most unusual and often spectacular flowers of all. This two volume work, A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species, presents a richly illustrated insight into the very finest epiphytic and lithophytic miniature orchids currently in cultivation, focusing not only on those species with remarkable flowers, but also the many species that are grown for their striking leaf and plant forms.

Produced with both novices and experts in mind, this exhaustive and accessibly written work features individual entries for over 500 different species across more than 120 genera. Each species entry includes nomenclatural and etymological information, as well as cultivation guidance and notes about habitat, conservation status and similarities to other orchids. The species entries also incorporate newly published taxonomic data that is also reflected in the extensive cross-index of orchid names and synonyms, and all species are generously represented with numerous photographs, including images of other species with which they are easily confused.

A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species is up-to-date, comprehensive, fully illustrated, and visually stunning. The work has been prepared so as to remain accessible to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike without compromising on valuable technical detail. As such, it represents an important reference book for miniature orchids, offering a spectacular overview of a group of plants that will appeal to botanists, naturalists, ecologists, conservationists and horticulturists alike.

In volume 1: An Introduction to the Orchid Family chapter offers a broad overview of the orchid family as a whole; information about orchid nomenclature; an illustrated guide to the morphology of the different orchid flower types, orchid pollination mechanisms, and also the various types of orchid plant habit, stems, roots, leaves, pseudobulbs and inflorescences that one might encounter. The Habitats of Miniature Orchids and their Conservation section introduces the conservation issues facing orchids in nature; an illustrated guide to the types of habitat that they are found in; and an explanation of the different assessment categories that exist to help monitor and regulate orchids in the context of plant conservation. Thereafter, the comprehensive Miniature Orchid Culture section addresses the specific needs of miniature orchids, with guidance on temperature; light and lighting types; humidity; air movement; water quality, watering frequency, volume and temperature; application of fertiliser; the different types of growing areas suited to miniature orchid culture and how they are managed; potting, mounting and labelling of plants; and finally an explanation of good hygiene practices and the most commonly encountered orchid pests and diseases. This section is followed by the species entries for 44 genera, ranging from Acianthera to Grandiphyllum (see the contents tab).

In volume 2: This volume continues from Volume 1 with species entries for 78 genera, ranging from Haraella to Zygostates (see the contents tab). The species entries are followed by four appendices, which include an extensive list of miniature orchid species not specifically included within this work; a list of small growing orchids that do not meet the stipulated criteria of a miniature orchid, but which are highly prized for their fine blooms or growths; a geographical list of reputable orchid nurseries; and a list of suppliers of orchid books, cultivation equipment and other sundry items. The appendices are followed by a Glossary of terms, a comprehensive Bibliography, and an Index of Plants addressed in both Volumes 1 and 2. This index is fully cross-referenced for accepted, synonymous and invalid orchid names, making it an invaluable reference in itself.


Reviews in the foreign press:


"Eigenlijk kan ik deze boekbespreking afdoen met één woord: kopen [...] U krijgt 8,4 kilo boek thuis. Dan kom ik gelijk bij het grootste nadeel van dit compendium: de delen zijn te zwaar om makkelijk te hanteren. Als u er werkelijk mee gaat werken, ervaart u het gewicht.

Verder niets dan lof. Voor die prijs heeft u een prachtig overzicht van meer dan 500 soorten uit 120 geslachten. Van over de hele wereld zijn de foto’s gehaald en veel planten worden getoond op hun natuurlijke groeiplaats. De mooiste soorten – het blijven miniaturen – worden heel uitgebreid getoond, met hun eventuele varianten. Een kritische noot over de foto’s is ook wel op z’n plaats: te veel foto’s zijn te groot afgebeeld. De fotokwaliteit is wel goed, maar het grote formaat voegt niet altijd iets toe. Bij kleinere foto‘s, zeker niet minder, waren deze boeken inisschien beter hanteerbaar geweest. Er is mooi, zwaar papier gebruikt, Wat de foto's goed tot hun recht laat komen.

De indeling van de beschrijving van een soort is standaard:
Naamgeving - de erkende soortnaam en de meest actuele synoniemen.
Soortbeschrijving - een heldere, nauwkeurige beschrijving van de soort, in 5-10 regels.
Verspreiding - waar de plant voorkomt, verspreidingsgebied, groeiplaats en hoogte.
Kweekaanwijzingen - duidelijke kweektips waar elke gevorderde liefhebber mee uit de voeten kan.
Opmerkingen - vaak hebben die te maken met naamsverwarring uit het verleden of opvallende kenmerken die de soort interessant maken.

De conclusie van dit werk is: gedegen, veel info, maar ook kijkboek. Up-to-date, zolang dat natuurlijk duurt, en een zeer aantrekkelijke prijs. Een echt cadeau. Aanbevolen!"

– Ton Klaassen, Orchideeën, tijdschrift van de Nederlandse Orchideeën Vereniging, 3/2014


Volume 1:
- Introduction to the Orchid Family
- The Habitats of Miniature Orchids and their Conservation
- Miniature Orchid Culture
- Miniature Orchid Species Entries Acianthera to Grandiphyllum

Volume 2:
- Miniature Orchid Species Entries Haraella to Zygostates, continued from Volume 1
- Appendix I - A master list of miniature orchid species not addressed in this work
- Appendix II - A list of nearly-miniature culturally desirable orchid species 15–20 cm tall
- Appendix III - Orchid Sources
- Appendix IV - Sources of Supplies and Additional Information
- Glossary
- Bibliography
- Index of Plants
- About the Authors

Genera included:
- Acianthera
- Aerangis
- Alamania
- Amesiella
- Anathallis
- Andinia
- Angraecum
- Ascocentrum
- Barbosella
- Bolusiella
- Brachionidium
- Bulbophyllum
- Caluera
- Campanulorchis
- Campylocentrum
- Capanemia
- Cattleya
- Centroglossa
- Ceratocentron
- Ceratochilus
- Ceratostylis
- Chiloschista
- Christensonella
- Chytroglossa
- Comparettia
- Conchidium
- Constantia
- Cyrtochilum
- Dendrobium
- Dendrochilum
- Dickasonia
- Dinema
- Diodonopsis
- Domingoa
- Dracula
- Dresslerella
- Dryadella
- Drymoda
- Epidendrum
- Erycina
- Fernandezia
- Gastrochilus
- Gomesa
- Grandiphyllum

- Haraella
- Hintonella
- Hofmeisterella
- Holcoglossum
- Homalopetalum
- Hymenorchis
- Ionopsis
- Isabelia
- Jumellea
- Kefersteinia
- Kraenzlinella
- Leochilus
- Lepanthes
- Lepanthopsis
- Leptotes
- Loefgrenianthus
- Macroclinium
- Masdevallia
- Maxillaria
- Mediocalcar
- Meiracyllium
- Microsaccus
- Monosepalum
- Mystacidium
- Neobathiea
- Neofinetia
- Oberonia
- Octomeria
- Oestlundia
- Oncidium
- Ornithidium
- Ornithocephalus
- Pabstiella
- Panisea
- Papillilabium
- Pelatantheria
- Penducella
- Phalaenopsis
- Phloeophila
- Phymatidium
- Platyrhiza
- Platystele
- Plectrophora
- Pleurothallis
- Pleurothallopsis
- Polystachya
- Porpax
- Porroglossum
- Promenaea
- Prosthechea
- Psychopsis
- Pteroceras
- Restrepia
- Rhetinantha
- Rodriguezia
- Saccolabiopsis
- Sarcochilus
- Scaphosepalum
- Schistotylus
- Schoenorchis
- Specklinia
- Stelis
- Stenia
- Stereochilus
- Sunipia
- Telipogon
- Tetramicra
- Thrixspermum
- Tolumnia
- Trias
- Trichocentrum
- Trichoceros
- Trichoglottis
- Trichosalpinx
- Trichotosia
- Trisetella
- Zootrophion
- Zygostates

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