First published in 1977, at a time when no comprehensive account of the genera of the orchids of Hong Kong has been attempted before, the work by Professor Shiu-Ying Hu is a pioneering study.
This illustrated treatise fills the vacuum of complete lack of essential references on orchids, and meets the need for a guide to identifying the species growing in Hong Kong, and is thus the baseline from which future taxonomists will begin their studies. It also contributes the first-hand observation for the information of orchidologists throughout the world who depend on herbarium material for comparative studies elsewhere.
This commemorative edition features a new foreword and a timeline of Professor Hu's major life events.
Professor Shiu-Ying Hu (1908–2012) was a botanist of great international renown. Having devoted a lifetime’s career to research on plant taxonomy, Professor Hu had over 160 academic treatises and 185,000 specimens to her credit, and has, in the process, earned herself the accolade of being a walking herbarium.