The genus "Vanda" are small-flowered, tropical orchids found only in the Eastern hemisphere. The combination of species and hybrids of the genus "Vanda" with those of the genus "Ascocentrum" produces hybrids that are grouped into the artificial genus "Ascocenda". Most of these plants bloom twice and sometimes three times a year. Best grown in a greenhouse, they can bloom anytime, and their flowers are long lasting. The book is divided into two parts, the first examining the history and evolution of "Vanda" and "Ascocenda" hybrids and the second providing a detailed reference manual for plant selection, environmental requirements, and culture. Not for beginners, but for the specialist the book is essential.
Grove (an award-winning orchid grower and judge for the American Orchid Society) traces the evolution of the Vanda and Ascocenda hybrids and their combination with other genera, discussing the role of chromosomes and genes in the transmission of traits, and the flower quality standards used by orchid judges. Separate and detailed coverage is given to the genus Ascocentrum as the most popular partner in intergeneric combinations with vandas. He includes a reference manual for plant selection, environmental requirements, and successful cultivation. A guide to orchid classification and nomenclature is provided in the appendix. The color photographs and sketches survey the astounding beauty and variety of the Vanda hybrids. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)