The New Encyclopedia of Orchids: 1500 Species in Cultivation

Overview

1500 orchid species are profiled in this authoritative, detailed, and carefully researched encyclopedia. Infinitely varied and hugely interesting, these strikingly beautiful plants are sumptuously illustrated with over 1000 photographs in a reference that no orchid lover can afford to be without. Isobyl la Croix is a scientist, plant hunter, and horticulturalist; her deep passion for orchids informs the plant selection and adds depth to the plant descriptions. The cultivation advice includes information about the...

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Overview

1500 orchid species are profiled in this authoritative, detailed, and carefully researched encyclopedia. Infinitely varied and hugely interesting, these strikingly beautiful plants are sumptuously illustrated with over 1000 photographs in a reference that no orchid lover can afford to be without. Isobyl la Croix is a scientist, plant hunter, and horticulturalist; her deep passion for orchids informs the plant selection and adds depth to the plant descriptions. The cultivation advice includes information about the orchid's native habitat—including elevation, geography, and climate. Recent developments in DNA analysis have led to some surprising findings with regard to the relationships between orchids, and the author has undertaken an extensive effort to bring all orchid names up-to-date to reflect the latest scientific thinking and taxonomy. From Acampe to Zygostates, no other serious reference approaches the depth and authority of this remarkable book.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
“This is a remarkable book and an essential resource for public libraries. The depth and authority of the content, along with the spectacular photographs, make it a valuable reference for enthusiasts, collectors, and those starting out with orchids.”
Buffalo Spree
“This is a remarkable book and an essential resource for public libraries. The depth and authority of the content, along with the spectacular photographs, make it a valuable reference for enthusiasts, collectors, and those starting out with orchids.”
Hartford Courant
“This is a gorgeous picture-laden respite from winter, perfect to read by the fire.”
Tulsa World
“[This] is an authoritative and lavishly photographed beauty of a book that will delight orchid enthusiasts and astonish everyone else.”
Mansfield Journal
“[Isobyl] la Croix has created the definitive orchid encyclopedia…[w]ith 100 orchid species profiled, this is the book that all orchid enthusiasts are desiring.”
Washington Post
“This comprehensive reference is the ultimate for cultivated orchids, a book for the serious orchid lover or grower.”
Columbus Dispatch
“[T]he most definitive and well-researched textbook about orchids in more than 40 years…This 524-page hardcover reference will help you identify and appreciate all your favorites.”
From the Publisher
“At more than 500 pages, [this book] is a phenomenal reference for the orchid lover.”
Washington Post

“[T]he most definitive and well-researched textbook about orchids in more than 40 years…This 524-page hardcover reference will help you identify and appreciate all your favorites.”

Tulsa World

“[Isobyl] la Croix has created the definitive orchid encyclopedia…[w]ith 100 orchid species profiled, this is the book that all orchid enthusiasts are desiring.”

Hartford Courant

“[This] is an authoritative and lavishly photographed beauty of a book that will delight orchid enthusiasts and astonish everyone else.”

Columbus Dispatch
“At more than 500 pages, [this book] is a phenomenal reference for the orchid lover.”
Buffalo Spree

“This is a gorgeous picture-laden respite from winter, perfect to read by the fire.”

Mansfield Journal

“This comprehensive reference is the ultimate for cultivated orchids, a book for the serious orchid lover or grower.”

Library Journal

This volume offers detailed descriptions of 1500 cultivated species in 350 genera from Acampe to Zygostates. More than 1000 spectacular color photographs ranging from full pages to one-third and one-fourth pages make it an accessible and interesting guide. The cultivation advice addresses each orchid's native habitat-including elevation, geography, and climate-so readers can dramatically improve the chances of successful growth in a domestic environment. Recent developments in DNA analysis have led to some surprising findings regarding the relationships among orchids, and the author has undertaken an extensive effort to bring all orchid names up-to-date to reflect the latest scientific thinking and taxonomy. In addition to the A-to-Z guide of orchids, this excellent reference also includes chapters on cultivation, pests and diseases, and conservation and propagation. In addition, there is a helpful glossary and an index of common names and scientific names. La Croix is a respected botanist who has gained experience as a scientist, plant hunter, and horticulturist. She is also the editor of the prestigious Orchid Review published by the Royal Horticultural Society. BOTTOM LINE This is a remarkable book and an essential resource for public libraries. The depth and authority of the content, along with the spectacular photographs, make it a valuable reference for enthusiasts, collectors, and those starting out with orchids.
—Kathleen A. Welton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928761
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/21/2008
  • Pages: 524
  • Sales rank: 604,050
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Isobyl la Croix is editor of the prestigious journal, The Orchid Review, published by the royal horticultural society. She trained as a botanist at the University of Edinburgh and has done extensive fieldwork throughout the world, especially in Africa. She has written numerous books on a wide range of subjects, including orchids, and has contributed articles to specialist journals.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Phillip Cribb Cribb, Phillip 6

Preface 7

Acknowledgments 7

Ch. 1 Introduction 9

Ch. 2 Cultivation 14

Ch. 3 Pests and Diseases 21

Ch. 4 Conservation and Propagation 23

A-Z of Orchids 26

Glossary 502

Bibliography 504

Index of Common Names 508

Index of Scientific Names 509

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Extensive Number of Orchids

    Interesting to see the British perspective on orchids. They emphasize different families of orchids than the American books do. Living in South Florida we deal with heat and high humidity while the British enthusiasts struggle with cold and heaters in the home! Photo quality is excellent!

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