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The book of orchids: a life-size guide to six hundred species from around the world.Artist/Author: Christenhusz, Maarten, Marck Chase and Tom Mirenda.
One of every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid. Some are stunningly over the top; others almost inconspicuous. The Orchidaceae is the second most widely geographically distributed family, after the grasses, yet remains one of the least understood. This book will profile 600 species, representing the remarkable and unexpected diversity and complexity in the taxonomy and phylogeny of these beguiling plants, and the extraordinary means they have evolved in order to ensure the attraction of pollinators. Each species is photographed to capture its delicate detail, and shown life-size, giving a strong visual theme to the book, and each is accompanied by text offering an in-depth species profile.
Orchid: a cultural history.Artist/Author: Endersby, Jim.
At once delicate, exotic, and elegant, orchids are beloved for their singular, instantly recognizable beauty. Found in nearly every climate, the many species of orchids have carried symbolic weight in countless cultures over time. The ancient Greeks associated them with fertility and thought that a parent who ingested the orchid root could determine the gender of a child. During the Victorian era, orchids became deeply associated with romance and seduction. And in twentieth century hard-boiled detective stories, they transformed into symbols of decadence, secrecy, and cunning. What is it about the orchid that has enthralled the imagination for so many centuries? And why do they still provoke so much wonder? To answer, Jim Endersby offers a unique cultural history of this captivating family of plants. Following the stories of orchids throughout history, Endersby divides our attraction to them into four key themes: science, empire, sex, and death. He explore how these have shaped orchids and how orchids, in return, have shaped our own investigations and associations. When it comes to empire, for instance, orchids are a prime example of the exotic riches sought by Europeans as they shaped their plans for colonization. Endersby also reveals how Charles Darwin s theory of evolution became intimately entangled with the story of the orchid as he investigated their methods of cross-pollination. As Endersby shows, orchids perhaps because of their extraordinarily diverse colors, shapes, and sizes have also bloomed repeatedly in films, novels, plays, and poems, from Shakespeare to science fiction, from hard-boiled thrillers to elaborate modernist novels. Featuring many gorgeous illustrations from the collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, “Orchid: A Cultural History “tells, for the first time, the extraordinary story of orchids and our prolific interest in them. It is a tale sure to enchant not only gardeners and plant collectors, but anyone curious about the flower s obsessive hold on the imagination in history, cinema, literature, and more. “
Orchids in South Africa: a gardener’s guide.Artist/Author: Venter, Hendrik.
This handy guide shows new and existing growers how to care for their orchid plants. Learn how to treat, water and feed your orchids, how much shade or light they need, and how you need to grow, maintain and propagate them to prosper and flower regularly. Many species are discussed in detail, and the accompanying photographs of the species and a selection of popular hybrids will help you identify the different kinds, and also show you what other species you may be able to grow in the conditions you are able to provide. Also contains chapters on Orchids and their history; Basic botanical information on orchids; General growing information, and Re potting and dividing of orchids. Growing orchids is a fascinating and satisfying hobby.
OrchidsArtist/Author: BOTTICELLI ANNA MARIA PETRONI FABIO
Orchids-with more than 25,000 species-spark passion as nothing else in nature. Personages as diverse as jeweler Henri Cartier, designer Vivienne Westwood, author Susan Orlean, and thousands upon thousands of plant hunters have been seduced by their bewitching beauty, aroma, and rarity. Now master photographer Fabio Petroni has created a stunning tribute to this flower, capturing them in close-up and detailed still lifes, with irresistible charm and appeal. AUTHOR: Photographer Fabio Petroni specializes in portraits and still lifes. Over the years he has photographed leading Italian celebrities, and he now works with top advertising agencies where he handles the publications of some important Italian brands. His books with White Star include Horses: Master Portraits, Mutt’s Life!, Cocktails, and Supercats! He lives and works in Milan. Anna Maria Botticelli is a biologist and microbiologist with a passion for plants. For more than 20 years, she has worked with various Italian publishers, including Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Cairo Editore, Periodici San Paolo, and Pentagono Editrice. For Gardenia, Italy’s most important monthly magazine on flowers, plants, and gardens, she oversaw the production of several monographs, including one dedicated to orchids, and also published Ritratti di Orchidee (Idealibri). Together with herbalist and pharmacist Clementina Cagnola, she wrote La salute foglia per foglia (A. Mondadori) and in collaboration with the IBC (International Flower Bulb Centre), she edited the technical introduction to the book Giardini in vaso (A. Mondadori). Anna Maria lives in Milan. 135 colour photographs
Orchids of Madagascar.Artist/Author: Hermans, Johann et al.
An up to date checklist of one of the richest orchid floras, with one of the highest number of endemics in the world, with annotated diagnostic notes. A new edition of a now classic work, with the diagnostic notes on each species extended to provide much additional information on distribution, habitat and flowering times.
Orchids of Margaret River and Australia’s southwest capes.Artist/Author: Scott, Jane.
A wonderful introduction to 130 native orchids of the Margaret River and southwest capes region of Western Australia. Full of clear colour photographs, this book will aid in identifying orchids found not only in this region, but also the International Biodiversity Hotspot. Each species is illustrated by at least one photograph and details are provided on appearance, habitat, distribution and flowering times.
Orchids of the Hunter region.Artist/Author: Burton, Elisabeth.
Over 150 orchid species were found while collecting orchid specimens from the Hunter Region for the herbarium at the Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney. This book is a pictorial guide to those orchids, with information about identifying features and flowering times.
Elisabeth Burton has been a life-long naturalist; a botanist, bushwalker, photographer and bush regenerator. Over the last ten years her interest in botany has been focused on Australian native orchids.
Orchids of East Gippsland: a field guide.Artist/Author: Turner, James, Andrew Bould and Jennifer Wilkinson.
This beautifully presented guide is the first to record of all native orchid species found in East Gippsland. It describes over 200 species and each is illustrated with superb colour photographs. Also are notes for easy idenfitication and orchid distribution as well as general information about the structure of plants, detail on flower parts, pollination and orchid habitat.
Slipper orchids of Borneo.Artist/Author: Cribb, Phillip J.
Home to some of the world’s most spectacular slipper orchids, Borneo is fast becoming one of the top tourist destinations in the world. This book outlines the history of Borneo’s slipper orchids, their taxonomy, distribution, biology, ecology and conservation in an accessible manner.
Darwin’s orchids: then and now.Artist/Author: Edens-Meier, Retha and Peter Bernhardt, editors.
For many botanists, Darwin’s true legacy starts with the 1862 publication of On the Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids Are Fertilised by Insects and on the Good Effects of lntercrossing, or Fertilisation of Orchids. This slim but detailed book with the improbably long title was the first in a series of plant studies by Darwin that continues to serve as a global exemplar in the field of evolutionary botany. In this book, an international group of orchid biologists unites to celebrate and explore this legacy. Darwin’s Orchids investigates flowers from Darwin’s home in England, through the southern hemisphere, and on to North America and China as it seeks to address a set of questions first put forward by Darwin himself such as what pollinates this particular type of orchid and how this orchid’s lineage changed over time.
Diverse in their colors, forms, aromas, and pollination schemes, orchids have long been considered ideal models for the study of plant evolution and conservation. Looking to the past, present, and future of botany, Darwin’s Orchids will be a vital addition to this tradition.
The orchid seekers in Borneo.Artist/Author: Russan, Ashmore and Frederick Boyle.
A fantastic tale of adventure in search of the fabled ‘blue orchid’. The Orchid Seekers in Borneo is a collaboration between an a writer, Ashmore Rusan, and an explorer, Frederick Boyle, who had indeed traveled to countries where orchids grow and was himself a successful grower of these spectacular blooms. First published in 1893, The Orchid Seekers in Borneo captures life in Sarawak under the rule of the Brooke family. Events that took place during that time and details of the distinctiveness of the native people and their lifestyle in Sarawak are interwoven into an elaborate journey by a German orchid collector and his entourage into the wilds of Borneo.
An attempt by the author to inject authenticity to the German ancestry of the main character through an exaggerated accent is almost comical as is the imperious manner of the English characters accompanying Mr Hertz on his quest. That aside, The Orchid Seekers in Borneo does give an interesting account of almost all the important aspects of native life at that time, the orchids and other plants that held the western world in awe and an insight into the traditions of the native people of Sarawak that both terrified and fascinated the developed world. A weaving tale that takes readers on the whole gamut of experience, adventure, history and culture.
A guide to orchids of Myanmar.Artist/Author: Kurzweil, Hubert and Saw Lwin.
Myanmar contains over 800 different species of orchid flora, which is a reflection of the country’s varied topography and climate. Following a long period of political isolation the Myanmar orchids are among the least known in tropical mainland Asia. This book highlights the diversity found in the orchids that are growing in the wild in Myanmar. After short introductory chapters, with general notes on the country and its orchid flora, 116 selected examples of Myanmar orchid species are described and illustrated. Many of the photographs were taken in the wild, while several others originated in cultivation. It also provides an identification key to the groups of orchids found here, as well as a preliminary checklist of the species recorded so far.