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In Brunei forests: An introduction to the Plant Life of Brunei DarussalamArtist/Author: Wong, K.M. and C.L. Chan.
Provides a unique introduction into the plant life of Brunei. Accessible text is accompanied by beautiful watercolours making this title suitable for both the naturalist and professional alike.
Forests and Trees of Brunei DarussalamArtist/Author: Wong, K.M. and A.S. Kamariah.
Packed into the small area of Brunei Darussalam is an amazing plant diversity of nearly 3500 species of indigenous seed plants. Almost 3% of these are rare and endemic to Brunei, and nearly half of the overall Brunei seed-plant flora is not known outside of Borneo. This book gives an overview of Brunei Darussalams varied rain forests and its incredibly rich plant wealth, and explains why the rain forests are an important aspect of conservation.
The Orchid Seekers in BorneoArtist/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 Gingers of BorneoArtist/Author: Lamb, Anthony et al.
In Borneo, gingers display a great diversity and are separated into 19 genera with nearly 250 named taxa (and many others still to be identified). This guide covers 100 species of gingers, representing all 19 genera with sharp colour photographs and accompanying text on description and distribution.
A Guide to Orchids of KinabaluArtist/Author: Wood, Jeffrey J.
Mount Kinabalu, situated in the Malaysian state of Sabah, is, at 4095 m, the highest peak between Myanmar and Papua (Indonesian New Guinea). Kinabalu was declared Malaysia’s First World Heritage Site by UNESCO in November 2000. The Kinabalu massif, encompassing only about 1250 km2, is smaller than most English counties, yet an astonishing number of orchids are recorded here. Some 866 taxa in 134 genera have recently been documented from the massif. Nearly 38% of the orchid species are known from just one locality and about 16% have been collected only once.
The Kinabalu vascular plant flora may include as many as 5000 to 6000 species, and is one of the most diverse if not the most diverse floras in the world. Additionally, Mount Kinabalu has been a centre of extremely active plant evolution and speciation and presents a spectacular natural laboratory for studying these processes. Bearing in mind that much of the mountain, especially the remote and inaccessible northern side, is still poorly explored botanically, one can get some idea of the biological richness of the mountain.
An alarming fact that has emerged from recent studies is that the natural vegetation of nine out of eighteen of the most important orchid locations based upon numbers of species on Kinabalu, most of which are at elevations below 2000 m, have either been degazetted from the Park, or destroyed by fire damage (deliberate or otherwise). Some of these sites, such as the distinctive forest developed over ultramafic substrate on the lower southeast slopes, once boasted many species of great horticultural value, including Paphiopedilum rothschildianum, Paraphalaenopsis labukensis, and Renanthera bella.
Ex-situ conservation of some species, especially epiphytes, may be necessary as many of the higher elevation taxa are now threatened by the effects of global warming. The advent of El Niño events that devastated the upper slopes of the mountain during the 1982–1983 and 1997–1998 droughts in Borneo saw the demise of thousands of epiphytes.
This guide presents a selection of 100 species of orchid that can be found growing wild in Kinabalu Park. It is offered in the hope that it will provide a glimpse into this unique natural heritage for the visitor and help in the future protection of the orchids of this unique and fascinating mountain.
A guide to Dendrobium of BorneoArtist/Author: Wood, Jeffrey J.
Dendrobium, with approximately 1580 species, is one of the most diverse genera in the orchid family and the second biggest orchid genus in Southeast Asia after Bulbophyllum. Its natural range extends from Japan south across the Pacific to Tahiti and New Zealand, and from China and India to New Guinea and Australia. Centres of speciation are found in the Himalayan region, Indochina, the Malay Archipelago (especially Sumatra and Borneo), the Philippines and New Guinea.
Borneo is one of several ‘hot spots’ of Dendrobium speciation. With approximately 167 named species in 15 sections, Borneo is the second most important location after New Guinea of Dendrobium speciation in Malesia. Eighty-three species, representing a selection from each of the 15 sections, are described and figured in this guide. Most occur as epiphytes in hill and lower montane forest at moderate elevation, mostly between about 900 and 1600 m.
Flowering plants of Thailand: a field guide.Artist/Author: McMakin, Patric D.
This definitive field guide includes colour photographs and descriptions of over 500 species. Divided into seven plant communities and easily keyed, this is a well-organised new edition.
Frank Kingdon Ward’s riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges: retracing the epic journey of 1924-25 in South-East Tibet.Artist/Author: Cox, Kenneth, editor.
Little explored and virtually inaccessible, the Tsangpo Gorge in south-east Tibet is the world’s deepest gorge. Through it twists the Yarlong Tsangpo, Tibet’s great river, emerging from below on the plains of India. This is the story of its exploration and the rich plant and animal life found there. “Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges”, first published in 1926, is the fascinating account of plant-hunter and explorer Frank Kingdon Ward’s most important expedition. Kenneth Cox, Kenneth Storm, Jr. and Ian Baker spent over ten years retracing the route of the 1924-25 expedition and managed to reach further into this magical and only partly explored land. The book contains the original Kingdon Ward text and extensive additional material, including a history of the exploration, geography and religious significance of the area and more than 250 colour photographs with detailed captions on the plants of the area, most of which are described by Kingdon Ward in the original text. There are first person accounts of expeditions to the area by Kenneth Cox and Kenneth Storm. Jr. and a photographic essay documents, for the first time in a book, the new Hidden Falls located in the portion of the gorge left unexplored by Frank Kingdon Ward and Lord Cawdor in 1924.
Nepenthes of Borneo.Artist/Author: Clarke, Charles.
Excellent reference to Nepenthes (pitcher plants) of Borneo, discussing their ecology, how they grow, and the threats they face.
A field guide to forest trees of Northern Thailand.Artist/Author: Gardner, S. et al.
This guide provides details of 430 species of trees and notes a further 450 species covering over 75% of the total native tree flora. It provides identification keys for all major families and genera, comparison tables for difficult groups, habitat and flowering and fruiting times, local names and uses, distribution patterns in neighbouring countries and synonyms and cross references to regional floras. See also [stock id 38175].
Pitcher Plants of Borneo (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Phillipps, Anthea, et al.
All the 36 species of pitcher plants currently known from the island of Borneo are covered in this lavishly illustrated second edition. The main focus of the book lies in the accounts of these species, written in an accessible style and including quotes from the works of the old explorers and collectors as well as personal anecdotes from the diaries of Susan Phillipps, whose delightful watercolours are widely used to illustrate the species.
In the first edition (1996), 32 species were covered. The names of some of these have since been changed, new species have been discovered and described and a wider variety of natural hybrids have been illustrated. The taxonomy has been completely updated, largely following that of Cheek & Jebb (2001). The book has also been greatly enhanced by the excellent photographs of Ch’ien C. Lee, who has joined the team of Phillipps and Lamb for this second edition.
The chapter on Discovery and History, with its fascinating insight into the role of pitcher plants in Victorian society with historical photographs and paintings, has been maintained, as have the chapters on Folklore, The Pitcher Plant and Ecology, which have been greatly updated and expanded with new information from research over the last 12 years, that makes it clear that these fascinating plants are even more complex that was thought when the first edition was written.
The worldwide interest in pitcher plants that has exploded since the first edition means that many more people are growing these plants as a hobby, especially now that tissue-cultured material is available at very reasonable prices; this has made the new chapter on Cultivation by Ch’ien C. Lee a useful addition.
The non-scientific but informative style of the first edition has been maintained, and this, combined with the greatly increased number of excellent photographs, will make this book indispensable to the naturalist or hobbyist as well as the scientific researcher.
Author(s): Anthea Phillipps, Anthony Lamb and Ch’ien C. Lee
Anthea Phillipps was brought up in Sabah in a family of keen naturalists. She graduated in Botany from Durham University UK, and worked for three years with the Sabah Museum. She then joined the Sabah Parks as the Ecologist at the Kinabalu Park from 19801987, specialising in herbs and shrubs. She is the author of A Guide to Sabah Parks and Sabah’s Maliau Basin and also a joint author of Rhododendrons of Sabah and A Visitor’s Guide to Kinabalu Park. Her mother, Susan M. Phillipps, took up painting the flora in Sabah over many years including many of the pitcher plants illustrated in this book.
Anthony Lamb after graduating from Cambridge University, England arrived in Sabah in 1962 and served in the Department of Agriculture for 39 years but, before retiring, he expanded into horticulture. From 1976 he took up the study and photography of native plants as a hobby, starting with orchids, and teamed up with Dr George Argent, Anthea Phillipps and Sheila Collenette in 1980 to work jointly on a book of the Rhododendrons of Sabah for the Sabah Parks (now revised and expanded), which entailed field trips to most of the mountains in the State. Lately he has been revising a new edition of The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu, and also working on books on Gingers, Native Fruits and Hoyas. He has also submitted several articles on Orchids for the new Malesian Orchid Journal. He married Anthea Phillipps in 1987, and continues working on plants in the Herbaria at Sandakan and Kinabalu Park.
Ch’ien Lee holds a B.Sc. in Biology/Ecology from the University of California Santa Cruz, where his intense fascination with Nepenthes began when he took a position caring for the carnivorous plant collection. He has worked as a naturalist in California parks, doing public education on his favourite topics including ethnobotany, entomology, and mammal tracking. In 1996, he moved to Sarawak where he spearheaded a Nepenthes propagation programme, including a tissue culture laboratory, at Malesiana Tropicals. Ch’ien has travelled widely in Southeast Asia, doing nature photography and continuing his field studies of Nepenthes. He has worked as a consultant with the Sarawak Forestry Corporation in Kuching and is now a professional photographer. In 2004, he co-authored the book Pitcher Plants of Sarawak with Dr Charles Clarke.
Enchanted gardens of Kinabalu: a Borneo diary.Artist/Author: Phillips, Susan M.
A personal and evocative account of one of the world’s last great wildernesses, and one of the richest and most complex habitats on earth.