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Dendrobium and Its Relatives

Wildlife Guide Out of Print
By: Bill Lavarack, Wayne Harris and Geoff Stocker
288 pages, 450 color photos, 10 color maps, 12 tables
Publisher: Timber Press
Dendrobium and Its Relatives
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  • Dendrobium and Its Relatives ISBN: 9780881928051 Paperback Jul 2006 Out of Print #160052
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Dendrobium is an enormous orchid genus of more than 1000 species native to south Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Oceania. They are highly popular among orchid growers for their beauty and diversity. This study by three plant scientists who are also active orchid growers presents more than 400 of the species, all illustrated with color photographs. Almost all the horticulturally popular species are included, along with some lesser-known but spectacular species recently discovered in the highlands of New Guinea that are likely to become popular in the future.


Acknowledgments 6 Foreword 7 Preface 9 PART ONE 1 Introduction 12 | The Dendrobiinae - an introduction | An introduction to this book 2 Classification and Nomenclature 17 | Why do names change? | The species concept | The genus | The section | Classification of the Dendrobiinae | 3 Distribution and Origins 27 | Distribution | Plant geography | New Caledonia and its strange orchids | Why are the Dendrobiinae so diverse? | Theories on the origin of the Dendrobiinae | 4 Traditional Uses 43 5 Conservation 46 | Which Dendrobiinae are threatened? | The threats | The remedies | 6 Distribution Biology and Ecology 73 | General distribution | Climate | Plant habit | Reproduction | Physiology | Key biological characteristics 7 Cultivation 82 | Propagation | Basic requirements for growing media | Potting materials | Pots | Slabs, posts, trees and beds | Other aspects of culture 8 Artificial Hybrids 96 | Sander's List | History of hybridisation | Compatibility among different sections and related genera | Future trends PART TWO The Dendrobiinae 104 | The Dendrobiinae - an introduction | An introduction to this book Glossary 275 Further Reading 277 Index 282

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Dr. Peter Lavarack, known to everyone as 'Bill', gained a PhD degree on numerical taxonomy of orchids. He has worked as a botanist and planner in the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service for almost 30 years and has lead several scientific expeditions to Cape York and Torres Strait for the Australian Orchid Foundation, collecting orchid data. He has compiled management plans for national parks in tropical Queensland and was responsible for drafting legislation for the protection of rare and threatened plants including many orchids. He is the author of two books and about 100 papers, both popular and scientific, mostly on orchids. He lives with his wife Beverley in Townsville. As a youth Wayne Harris spent much of his idle time roaming the Adelaide Hills in search of terrestrial orchids. He later went on to the University of Adelaide where he majored in both Botany and Geology in his undergraduate years, subsequently gaining an M.Sc degree from the Botany Department. His interest in orchids continued in a less formal way until more recently when he participated in several botanical expeditions to Papua New Guinea. He is currently a senior botanist at the Queensland Herbarium where he is curator of Orchidaceae and his current orchid research is centred on the taxonomy of Diplocaulobium. He is also the National Registrar of Judges for the Australasian Native Orchid Society Inc. Dr. Geoff Stocker is a forester by training who has specialised in the ecology and management of tropical forests in north Australia and Papua New Guinea. He also has farming interests on the Atherton Tableland in north Queensland where he and wife Jacquie run beef cattle and have a small nursery specialising in orchid species. He has worked extensively in New Guinea over 30 years and has a detailed knowledge of high altitude orchids on New Guinea.
Wildlife Guide Out of Print
By: Bill Lavarack, Wayne Harris and Geoff Stocker
288 pages, 450 color photos, 10 color maps, 12 tables
Publisher: Timber Press
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This is an excellent book for all tastes. -- Jack Webster Orchidacea 20010313 Balance is the key to their presentation, which pleases artistic sensibilities as it educates. This book truly belongs in the hands of flower lovers. -- Mary Ellen Snodgrass American Reference Books Annual 20010424 Timber Press has again done well in the addition of books on specific orchid groups at an affordable price! -- Yoneo Sagawa Hawaii Orchid Journal 20010307 The illustrations and maps in Part One as well as those of the individual species in Part Two are spectacular and well done. -- Yoneo Sagawa HortScience 20010201 Well-written ... I was particularly impressed with the detail provided for artificial propagation (flasking) of orchid seeds. Plant Systematics and Evolution 20010629 The text is written with scientist, horticulturist, commercial grower, and hobbyist in mind. Timber Press has produced another excellent book to add to their rapidly growing collection of titles on orchids. The Price is affordable! HortScience 20010213 Dendrobium and Its Relatives describes this colorful group in a way that will appeal to hobby growers and scientists alike. Biology Digest 20010101 This beautifully put-together book will open your eyes to the world of dendrobiums. Hawaii Horticulture 20001212 Lavarack and colleagues bring a wealth of experience to this well-written survey...This highly recommended book is an important addition to the orchid literature... -- L. G. Kavaljian Science and Technology 20010322 If you are a fan of the Dendrobium family, this is the book for you to own. Bella Online 20010327 I don't know how an orchid grower could possibly resist purchasing this book.I can't possibly say enough about this book without using too many superlatives. Buy it as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed. -- Diana Pederson 20010525 The popular dendrobiums are well served by this beautifully produced new resource. Booklist 20010101 This well-organized and attractive book by three Australian orchid experts discusses classification and nomenclature, distribution and origins, conservation, culture, and artificial hybrids. Library Journal 20041202 Throughout the book, the depth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm of the authors is always apparent and this is enhanced by the excellent photographs. -- David Menzies Orchids 20050312
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