The World's Most Beautiful Orchids takes the superstars of the plant world and shows them in their many varied forms and colors. From the most commonly sold orchid type--phalaenopsis--to some of the rarest species on the planet, orchid specialists Greg Allikas and Ned Nash uncover some of the most beautiful examples they have grown and photographed in a lifetime of growing, photographing, collecting, and judging orchids. For those new to orchid growing or collecting, "The World's Most Beautiful Orchids" gives an introduction to the abundant choices available. This book provides the chance to assess some of the rarer hybrids in one extensive volume. As well as providing a directory of the finest orchids, history, cultivation, and conservation is discussed, along with practical advice about buying and growing the right orchid for the right location.