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A photographic guide designed in a convenient carry size which can be used while on field trips or eco tours in Asia or as a further addition to your existing library. This handy and beautifully illustrated guide provides text descriptions to more than 130 species of Borneo's wild orchids accompanied by colour photos. The text is written simply with minimal use of technical terms so as anyone can read and understand its content. Among those species covered include numerous recent discoveries new to science, some rather rare and infrequently seen species and others that maybe more frequently encountered not only in Borneo but perhaps also in neighbouring countries.
This selection is further enhanced by the inclusion of many other species from other tropical regions of the globe for comparison. One new scientific combination is made in the vandoid orchid genus Ornithochilus. Details on the growth form and flowers of wild orchids and their amazing diversity are also covered. There is a discussion on nomenclature the governing of botanical names and their use, and some of the reasons why botanical names can change. Further to this, photographs covering numerous ecosystems and other habitats are presented. Photo Intro to Wild Orchids of Borneo also provides colour photos and other information on some of Borneo's (and other countries) endangered fauna.
Rod Rice is a naturalist and explorer, wildlife photographer, highly qualified horticulturalist (& landscape designer) and internationally published botanical author specializing in the floristic morphology and systematics of wild orchids. Rod is also the founder and editor of the occasional scientific publication Oasis: The Journal dedicated to wild orchids and is also an Honorary Research Associate to the Orchid Herbarium Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney since 2003 from where he has worked closely with other scientists from around the globe. Mr Rice has also consulted for the 'United Nations Environment Program' for projects in northern Laos and western China. Rod is further, the founder (along with his late wife "Noi") of the now closed "Kanchanaburi Orchid Species Research Station" West Thailand and has refereed a number of scientific papers including for the Kew Bulletin. He has published more than 120 articles, books and scientific papers on the Orchidaceae.