The Dendrobiums

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At long last, here is a complete and exhaustive account of the genus Dendrobium. Among the most prized and popularly cultivated orchids, dendrobiums delight gardeners and orchid lovers alike with the sheer beauty of their delicate flowers and slender form. Now, those interested in learning all there is to know about this enchanting genus have the book they have always wanted. With descriptions of 650 species in the genus, including habits and flowering biology, a guide to species identification and culture, a ...

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Overview

At long last, here is a complete and exhaustive account of the genus Dendrobium. Among the most prized and popularly cultivated orchids, dendrobiums delight gardeners and orchid lovers alike with the sheer beauty of their delicate flowers and slender form. Now, those interested in learning all there is to know about this enchanting genus have the book they have always wanted. With descriptions of 650 species in the genus, including habits and flowering biology, a guide to species identification and culture, a historical review of the genus, a survey of Dendrobium evolution and distribution, more than 600 color photos, and a bibliography with more than 900 entries, this is the ultimate resource on the genus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881926866
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 996
  • Sales rank: 1,084,826
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.86 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Wood is a research associate in the botanical department of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He has spent more than 25 years growing dendrobiums, observing them, and researching all aspects of the plants. He has published more than 20 scholarly articles on orchids, which are a lifelong passion. In previous years, his personal garden contained more than 100 genera and 1500 kinds of orchids. He has grown more than 350 species of Dendrobium in his own garden, and has traveled to the far reaches of the globe to seek them out in their natural habitats. Prior to his work in botanical research, he was a psychiatrist for nearly 50 years in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. 2 Evolution and distribution 5
Ch. 1 Overview and bicentric theory for evolution of the dendrobiinae 7
Ch. 2 Evolution 13
Ch. 3 Distribution of the dendrobiinae; evolution of new sections 17
Pt. 3 Morphology and anatomy 27
Ch. 4 Vegetative structure 29
Ch. 5 Floral structure 53
Ch. 6 Growth and floral development 73
Pt. 4 Cultivation 85
Ch. 7 Culture : basic requirements 87
Ch. 8 Other topics on cultivation 103
Pt. 5 Scientific topics 113
Ch. 9 Ethnobotany 115
Ch. 10 Pollination (see also appendix II) 117
Ch. 11 Mimicry, deception, and adaptive resemblance 137
Ch. 12 Gregarious bloom (see also appendix VII) 141
Ch. 13 Phytochemistry 147
Ch. 14 Physiology 155
Ch. 15 Ecology 163
Ch. 16 Genetics 171
Pt. 6 Taxonomy and nomenclature 177
Ch. 17 Taxonomic history of the subtribe dendrobiinae 179
Ch. 18 Taxonomy 203
Ch. 19 Nomenclature 223
Pt. 7 Geographical survey 227
Ch. 20 Asia 229
Ch. 21 Indian subcontinent 241
Ch. 22 Southeast and East Asia 267
Ch. 23 Malesia 299
Ch. 24 Australasia 411
Ch. 25 Oceania 437
Pt. 8 Genera and sections in the dendrobiinae 475
Ch. 26 Epigeneium : basal position in the dendrobiinae 481
Ch. 27 Dendrobium sections : northern clade, northern (Asian) group 485
Ch. 28 Dendrobium sections : northern clade, southern (Malesian) group 501
Ch. 29 Dendrobium sections : southern clade, northern (Malesian) group 527
Ch. 30 Dendrobium sections : southern clade, southern (Australasian) group 565
Pt. 9 Notes on species (alphabetical) 585
Pt. 10 Appendices 729
App. I Photographic notes 731
App. II Some self-fertile and self-pollinating dendrobiums 735
App. III Species with bifid rostellar scraper 737
App. IV Does terminal bloom occur in the dendrobiinae? 739
App. V Species in the dendrobiinae examined for nectar 741
App. VI Prevalence of rostellar sac of glue 743
App. VII Gregarious-flowering species in the dendrobiinae listed by J. J. Smith 745
App. VIII Kranzlin's taxonomic system for the dendrobiinae (1910) 747
App. IX Schlechter's system for taxonomy of the dendrobiinae (1912) 749
App. X Brieger's revision of the dendrobiinae 751
App. XI Taxonomic revisions by M. A. Clements and D. L. Jones 755
App. XII Alphabetical list of genera and sections in the dendrobiinae with types 759
App. XIII Dendrobium section Oxystophyllum, transferred to Eriinae (with name retained) by Clements (2003) 765
App. XIV Tentative synonymy for Dendrobium moniliforme alliance 767
App. XV Travel connected with this project 769
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