Volume 1 is the first of a 3-volume series that will showcase over 900 orchid species plus varieties in 117 genera found in the Himalayas and Southeast Asia.
Volume 1 is a presentation of 491 popular orchid species with 13 varieties and 3 natural hybrids in 51 genera with names beginning with A to E (from Acampe to Eulophia) carefully detailed with beautiful photographs and concise descriptions of the plants, their distribution and habitats by a well-known author and photographer. Each genus is assigned a separate chapter. Coverage of the most commonly cultivated Asian species including their varieties and cultivars (e.g. in Bulbophyllum, 82 species; Coelogyne, 37 species; Dendrobium, 210 species) is exhaustive. The orchids are photographed from their best perspective as individual blooms or entire inflorescences. Many species are also shown growing in their natural habitat. Representative hybrids are included to illustrate how some species have contributed to show-worthiness of various genera, their adaptation to a wider climate range, and easy cultivation. This book is a pleasure to view; simultaneously, an easy reference for the identification of orchid species and it provides a guide on how best to grow them. Nowhere else will one find so many popular species beautifully illustrated in a single volume.
Eng Soon Teoh MD, FRCOG, FACS is a Singapore gynaecologist with experience in laboratory and clinical research. He is a past president of the Orchid Society of South East Asia and an Award Judge of the society. His parents loved orchids. This inspired Dr Teoh to begin studying orchids over 50 years ago focusing on Asian species and orchid biology. He is the author of several popular books and numerous articles on orchids. Medicinal Orchids of Asia (2016) and Orchids as Aphrodisiac, Medicine or Food (2019), both published by Springer received high praise by their reviewers.