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The Book of Orchids A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World

Art / Photobook
By: Mark W Chase(Author), Maarten JM Christenhusz(Author), Tom Mirenda(Preface By)
656 pages, colour photos, b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps
The Book of Orchids
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About this book

One in every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid. Yet orchids retain an air of exotic mystery – and they remain remarkably misunderstood and underappreciated. The orchid family contains an astonishing array of colours, forms, and smells that captivate growers from all walks of life across the globe. Though undeniably elegant, the popular moth orchid – a grocery store standard – is a bland stand-in when compared with its thousands of more complex and fascinating brethren, such as the Demon Queller, which grows in dark forests where its lovely blooms are believed to chase evil forces away. There is the Fetid Sun-God, an orchid that lures female flies to lay their eggs on its flowers by emitting a scent of rancid cheese. Or the rare, delicate Lizard Orchid, which mimics the appearance of lizards but smells distinctly of goat.

The Book of Orchids revels in the diversity and oddity of these beguiling plants. Six hundred of the world's most intriguing orchids are displayed, along with life-size photographs that capture botanical detail, as well as information about distribution, peak flowering period, and each species' unique attributes, both natural and cultural. With over 28,000 known species – and more being discovered each year – the orchid family is arguably the largest and most geographically widespread of the flowering plant families. Including the most up-to-date science and accessibly written by botanists Mark Chase, Maarten Christenhusz, and Tom Mirenda, each entry in The Book of Orchids will entice researchers and orchid enthusiasts alike.

With stunning full-colour images, The Book of Orchids is sure to become the go-to reference for these complex, alluring, and extraordinarily adaptable plants.

Contents

Foreword

Introduction
Orchid evolution
Pollination
Symbiotic relationships
Uses of orchids
Orchidelirium

The orchids

Appendices
Glossary
Resources
Orchid classification
Index of common names
Index of scientific names
Acknowledgments

Customer Reviews

Biography

Mark Chase is Director of the Jodrell Laboratory at Kew Gardens. He is also visiting professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Maarten Christenhusz is a Dutch botanist who has worked for the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki, the Natural History Museum in London, and Kew Gardens, on a variety of taxonomic projects, their subjects ranging from ferns to tulips.

Preface author Tom Mirenda is the Orchid Collection Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he cares for and curates a diverse collection of orchid species and hybrids from around the world. He frequently lectures on orchid ecology and conservation in the US and abroad, and is a columnist for Orchids, the magazine of the American Orchid Society.

Art / Photobook
By: Mark W Chase(Author), Maarten JM Christenhusz(Author), Tom Mirenda(Preface By)
656 pages, colour photos, b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps
Media reviews

"A luscious coffee-table tome."
Nature

"For pictures you could not do better than The Book of Orchids [...] Clear, informative text. It is a superb production, reminding us of the astonishing diversity of these plants."
Times Literary Supplement

"Beautiful [...] It gives growers and lovers of orchids an insight into amazing plants that they may otherwise never have the good fortune to meet."
The Orchid Review

"If you are looking for a compendium on these plants, with clean design and a fondness for common names, this hefty five-pound opus will do the trick. Together, [Christenhusz, Chase, and Mirenda] bring years of expertise, the latest authoritative research, and up-to-date nomenclature to this panoramic guide. The Book of Orchids is a worthy reference, especially for understanding and appreciating the diversity of these fascinating plants. The text is more dense than the uncluttered layout suggests, but that just means that you'll get lots of meat-and-potato fundamentals along with eye-catching dessert."
The American Gardener

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