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A Guide to Dendrobium of Australia

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By: Peter B Adams(Author), Phillip J Cribb(Foreword By)

150 pages, colour photos

Natural History Publications Borneo

Paperback | Nov 2015 | #226792 | ISBN-13: 9789838121637
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About this book

Language: English

Dendrobium species are attractive, conspicuous and numerous along the entire eastern coast of Australia, and are popular plants for culture and breeding of colourful hybrids. In contrast to the other books in the series so far, where a selection of species was made, all Australian species and their variants (around 80) are included. There is a full spectrum of plant form from some of the smallest mat-forming dendrobiums to the largest in the genus, being over two metres tall and several metres across. The unusual and rarer species of Cape York Peninsula and central Queensland are uncommon in collections and seldom seen, requiring travel to remote places. Some of the most striking Dendrobium habitats are illustrated.

There have been a number of approaches to the classification of Dendrobium and related genera over the past 30 years. Classification and nomenclature are always evolving as new information becomes available. Genera Orchidacearum, Volume 6 (2014) included evidence from morphology, DNA and all other areas of study and provided an international consensus for Dendrobium, bringing a long-awaited degree of stability to the genus. A Guide to Dendrobium of Australia follows the Genera Orchidacearum, Volume 6 approach and the Kew Monocot Checklist, and considers all available published evidence on the genus. An identification key to the sections is provided, and species are arranged in a checklist according to sections.


Foreword   vii
Message   ix

   History of Discovery   1
   The Variety of Australian Dendrobiums   2
   Habitats   3
      1. Tropical   3
      2. Sub-Tropical   8
      3. Temperate   11
      4. Rocky Outcrops in Wet Sclerophyll Forest, Eastern Victoria and Eastern Tasmania   12
      5. Pacific and Other Islands   12
   Classification and Taxonomy of Dendrobium in Australia   14
   Pollination   15
   Key to the sections of Dendrobium in Australia   15
      1. Section Aporum   17
      2. Section Biloba   18
      3. Section Brevisaccata   18
      4. Section Cadetia   18
      5. Section Calyptrochilus   18
      6. Section Conostalix   19
      7. Section Crinifera   19
      8. Section Dendrobium   19
      9. Section Dendrocoryne   19
      10. Section Diplocaulobium   20
      11. Section Eleutheroglossum   20
      12. Section Grastidium   20
      13. Section Latouria   20
      14. Section Lichenastrum   21
      15. Section Monophyllaea   21
      16. Section Phalaenanthe   21
      17. Section Rhizobium   21
      18. Section Spatulata   22

The Species   23

Glossary    140
Further Reading   142
Acknowledgements   143
Photo Credits   143
Appendix   144
Index   146

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Dr. Peter B. Adams (Ph.D. University of Melbourne) is a Research Associate at the School of Botany, University of Melbourne, and National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. He has been involved in Dendrobium research for more than 30 years, including extensive field work with populations of Dendrobium species in all Australian states where they occur, and has written three books on orchids as well as numerous articles in the international research literature. He is a grower, breeder and photographer of Australian orchids, particularly section Dendrocoryne, and is Victorian State Judging Registrar for the Australasian Native Orchid Society and an Australian Orchid Council judge. He was a contributor to Genera Orchidacearum, Volume 6 which covers the genus Dendrobium.

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