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The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera (Comstock Book) Hardcover – September 4, 2008

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The word orchid conjures an exotic image of lush rarity when, in fact, orchids are one of the largest family of plants, with an estimated 17,000–35,000 species worldwide, depending on the counting botanists. The authors of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera set themselves the task to locate and briefly describe all orchid genus names found in the literature up to 2007. Including genera known only from fossil records, published before Linnaeus, validly published but not accepted, etc., the entries number more than three times the 850 genera recognized today. Following an overview describing the anatomy, physiology, and biology of orchids, the entries for each genus are given a color-coded classification system indicating status of accepted use and other variables. There are publication notes on the name (including variants and misspellings), its etymology, and, when appropriate, the number of species, geographic range, and a brief synopsis of the genus. Each page is embellished with one to six lovely thumbnail illustrations of selected blooms. The last 50 pages provide supplementary information: publication abbreviations, acknowledgments, a glossary, taxonomists, and an illustration index. This volume is a good value and worthy of consideration for any botany and gardening collection. --Linda Scarth

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"The authors of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera set themselves the task to locate and briefly describe all orchid genus names found in the literature up to 2007. Including genera known only from fossil records, published before Linnaeus, validly published but not accepted, etc., the entries number more than three times the 850 genera recognized today. Following an overview describing the anatomy, physiology, and biology of orchids, the entries for each genus are given a color-coded classification system indicating status of accepted use and other variables. There are publication notes on the name (including variants and misspellings), its etymology, and, when appropriate, the number of species, geographic range, and a brief synopsis of the genus. Each page is embellished with one to six lovely thumbnail illustrations of selected blooms. The last 50 pages provide supplementary information: publication abbreviations, acknowledgments, a glossary, taxonomists, and an illustration index. . . . It is a good value worthy of consideration for any botany and gardening collection."―Linda Scarth, Booklist

"Alrich and Higgins offer a comprehensive guide to the identification and taxonomic etymology of nearly 2550 color-coded orchid species, including fossilized and pre-Linnaean types in addition to invalidated variants. Paragraph-long entries are organized alphabetically by genus name and are accompanied either by drawings or full-color photographs. Excised from their backgrounds, the illustrations focus solely on contour and interior morphology, rather than surrounding environment. The book opens with a fascinating flora profile, including cellular diagrams, physiological descriptions, and a further reading list. Highly recommended for all botanical collections."―Library Journal

"The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera balances the needs of amateur orchid enthusiasts with those of the professional orchidologist, and its layout is very clean and easy to read. This book is not merely a list of names, nor is it a comprehensive treatment of the entire Orchidaceae. It is refreshingly something in between and 'just right' for the office or the home library."―Kenneth M. Cameron, Director, Wisconsin State Herbarium, and Associate Professor of Botany, University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Product Details

  • Series: Comstock Book
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1 edition (September 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801447372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801447372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book and find it very thorough in its covering of orchid genera. When I ordered it, Amazon also recommended the New Encyclopedia of Orchids - 1500 Species in Cultivation. The information is identical in both books. There is no need to order both.
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This book is an invaluable reference for looking up the 880 or so orchid genera. I use it regularly as a starting point when researching a genus I'm interested in. This book also has a superb introduction to orchid structure, function, physiology, history, etc. For example, I learned more about orchid root structure from this book than any book I've read.

I want to thank the authors of this book for producing such a useful and valuable reference for orchid growers.
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Excellent book. Long needed by the orchid community. It can be understood by and useful to beginners and experienced orchidists alike.A must for any orchid library. I thank the team from Marie Selby for this well written concise reference book.
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best orchid book i own, i'm glad i bought it. i read thru the 'a's then put it on the shelf. still if you love orchids and love books it's a must have.
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Good book. I The descriptions are a bit skimpy but I suppose the author didn't have much choice given the number of orchids in the World.
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