The Pollination Biology of North American Orchids: Volume 2: North of Florida and Mexico

The Pollination Biology of North American Orchids: Volume 2: North of Florida and Mexico

by Charles L. Argue


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The Pollination Biology of North American Orchids: Volume 2: North of Florida and Mexico by Charles L. Argue

Recent studies have revealed remarkable complexity and diversity in orchid-pollinator relationships. These studies comprise a vast literature currently scattered in numerous, often obscure, journals and books. The Pollination Biology of North American Orchids brings together, for the first time, a comprehensive treatment of this information for all native and introduced North American orchids found north of Mexico and Florida. It provides detailed information on genetic compatibility, breeding systems, pollinators, pollination mechanisms, fruiting success, and limiting factors for each species. Distribution, habitat, and floral morphology are also summarized. In addition, detailed line drawings emphasize orchid reproductive organs and their adaptation to known pollinators.

This, the second of two volumes, treatsthe subfamily Orchidoideae with the tribe Cranichideae. This is followed by examination of the seven North American tribes of subfamily Epidendroideae and the single North American tribe of subfamily Vanilloideae.

The Pollination Biology of North American Orchids will be of interest to both regional and international audiences including:

• Researchers and students in this field of study who are currently required to search through the scattered literature to obtain the information gathered here.
• Researchers and students in related fields with an interest in the co-evolution of plants and insects.
• Conservation specialists who need to understand both the details of orchid reproduction and the identity of primary pollinators in order to properly manage the land for both.
• Orchid breeders who require accurate and current information on orchid breeding systems.
• General readers with an interest in orchid biology.

Charles Argue, Ph.D., is a plant biologist at the University of Minnesota specializing in the study of pollen grains. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including the American Journal of Botany, International Journal of Plant Sciences (formerly Botanical Gazette), Botany (formerly Canadian Journal of Botany), Grana, Pollen et Spores, North American Native Orchid Journal, The Native Orchid Conference Journal, Fremontia, and as chapters in a number of books.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781489992345
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 11/27/2014
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Section I. Subfamily Orchidoideae (Part two)

Tribe Cranichideae

Chapter 1. Subtribes Goodyrinae and Cranichidinae


Goodyera R. Brown (rattlesnake plantains)

Other Goodyrinae

Zeuxine Lindley

Platythelys Garay


Ponthieva R. Brown

Chapter 2. Subtribe Spiranthinae

Spiranthes Richard (ladies’- tresses)

Asexual species or populations

Sexual species or populations

Additional species of Spiranthes

Other Spiranthinae

Dichromanthus Garay

Deiregyne Schlechter

Schiedeella Schlechter

Microthelys Garay

Section II. Subfamily Epidendroideae

Chapter 3. Tribe Neottieae

Listera R. Brown

Listera cordata (L.) R. Brown (heart-leaved twayblade)

Additional species of Listera

Other Neottieae

Cephalanthera Richard

Cephalanthera austinae (A. Gray) A. Heller (phantom orchid, snow orchid)

Epipactis Zinn

Epipactis gigantea Douglas ex Hooker (giant helleborine, stream orchid)

Epipactis helleborine (L.) Crantz (broad-leaved helleborine)

Additional species of Epipactis

Chapter 4. Tribe Triphoreae

Triphora Nuttall

Triphora trianthophora (Swartz) Rydberg (three birds orchid, nodding


Chapter 5. Tribe Malaxideae

Malaxis Solander ex Swartz

Malaxis paludosa (L.) Swartz (bog adder’s-mouth)

(= Hammarbya paludosa (L.) Kuntze)

Additional species of Malaxis

Liparis Richard

Liparis liliifolia (L.) Richard ex Lindley (lily-leaved twayblade or large


Liparis loeselii (L.) Richard (loesel’s twayblade or fen orchid)

Chapter 6. Tribe Calypsoeae

Calypso Salisbury

Calypso bulbosa (L.) Oakes (calypso, fairy slipper)

Tipularia Nuttall

Tipularia discolor (Pursh) Nuttall (crane-fly orchid)

Corallorhiza Gagnebin (coral roots)

Additional species and varieties of Corallorhiza

Aplectrum Nuttall

Aplectrum hyemale (Muhlenberg ex Willdenow) Nuttall (adam and eve orchid,


Chapter 7. Tribes Cymbidieae and Epidendreae


Eulophia R. Brown ex Lindley


Epidendrum L.

Hexalectris Rafinesque

Chapter 8 Tribe Arethuseae (Calopogon R. Brown and Arethusa L.) and subfamily Vanilloideae (part one) (Pogonia Jussieu)

Arethusa bulbosa L. (dragon’s-mouth), Pogonia ophioglossoides (L.) Ker

Gawler (rose pogonia), and Calopogon tuberosus (L.) Britton, Sterns, and

Poggenburg (grass-pink)

Additional species of Calopogon

Section III. Subfamily Vanilloideae (part two)

Chapter 9. Tribe Pogonieae

Isotria Rafinesque

Isotria verticillata (Muhlenberg ex Willdenow) Rafinesque (large whorled

pogonia) and I. medeoloides (Pursh) Rafinesque (small whorled pogonia)

Cleistesiopsis Pansarin and Barros

Cleistesiopsis divaricata (L.) Pansarin and Barros (spreading pogonia) and

C. bifaria (Fernald) Pansarin and Barros (smaller spreading pogonia)


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