Phaius are spectacular terrestrial orchids, widespread from tropical and subtropical Asia, Australasia, Madagascar and Africa. The genus comprises just over 40 species and used to include the endemic Madagascan genus Gastrorchis which has nine known species. For historical reasons and because they have frequently been artificially hybridized, both genera are covered in Lady Tankerville’s Legacy. They have a fascinating history: Phaius tankervilleae was the first tropical orchid to be grown and flowered in England some 250 years ago. It certainly stimulated interest in the growing of exotic orchids that took off spectacularly in the following century as tropical plants flowed into Europe and once growers had established the appropriate cultural conditions for them. Lady Tankerville’s Legacy introduces many showy and little known species to the reader and will, no doubt, stimulate interest in them and their attractive and easy-to-grow hybrids.
7. Morphology and Anatomy
The Intergeneric Relationship
Infrageneric Classification of Phaius
Key to the Species in Section Phaius
12. Phaius and its Species
13. Gastrorchis and its Species
15. Artificial Hybridisation
18. Index to Scientific Names
19. Name Index
Dr Judi Stone initially qualified as a biochemist and was awarded her doctorate for research on novel methods of insect control. Taking up botanical illustration later in life, she established herself in this area by gaining honours at the Royal Horticultural Society. Since 1994 she has worked as a free-lance illustrator at Kew, producing both line-drawings and paintings for their publications, including Curtis’ Botanical Magazine and, most notably, the six volumes of Genera Orchidacearum, for which she completed a large number of line-drawings. She is a Fellow and former Chairman of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, and her work is held in numerous collections worldwide, including the Hunt Institute and the Lindley Library.
Dr Phillip Cribb joined the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in 1974, retiring in March 2006 as Deputy Keeper of the Herbarium and Curator of the Orchid Herbarium. He currently holds an Honorary Fellowship at Kew. Over the past 46 years, he has led or participated in many expeditions in the tropics of Africa, Madagascar, China, SE Asia, the Americas and the Pacific. His research concentrates on the classification, evolution and conservation of orchids. He was chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Committee’s Orchid Specialist Group from 1995-2006. He was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Medal in 2006 and the Linnean Society’s Medal for Botany in 2007.