- Hardcover: 396 pages
- Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (February 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881924946
- ISBN-13: 978-0881924947
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phalaenopsis: A Monograph
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Christenson devoted decades to the study of phalaenopsis orchids, and his definitive work promises to enlighten aficionados. While Christenson's monograph takes the form of a scholarly study, its detailed breakdown of subspecies, extensive color photographs, and engaging plant descriptions should fascinate newcomers who purchase millions of these plants yearly. Committed hobbyists and professionals involved in breeding hybrids will also find a wealth of stimulating data to assist in the cultivation of these distinctive plants. Alice Joyce
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A longneeded revision of the genus Phalaenopsis . . . Highly recommended. -- Choice, July 2001
Eric has sculpted a very fine book that will be the bible for species growers for decades to come. -- Harold Koopowitz, Orchid Digest, April-May-June, 2001
No orchid specialist will want to be without it. -- Biology Digest, May 2001
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Eric Christenson is a plant genius, an outstanding writer, and perhaps the most important orchid authority in North America. Sadly, this is not a well written book.
The text is boring. The descriptions are flat and uninteresting. Photographs are blurry and display unattractive flowers. Content is poorly organized. For example, photographs do not accompany the text description. Photographs are rather all lumped together in the center of the book. There are no maps. I have no clue where Borneo is and a map would be extremely helpful. In addition, I would have liked to have seen distribution maps for each species. Also, I would like to see comparative displays of the plant anatomy, rather than a drawing here and a drawing there. Was I suppose to flip through the pages to compare how species "A" differs from species "B"? Couldn't a visual taxonomic key have been written?
The book has major flaws. Still, I gave it a 4-star rating. Why? Because the remaining material is so critically important. There is an outstanding wealth of information about Phalaenopsis in the book. It contains historical reflection and modern observations. Major taxonomic changes are introduced and discussed. Much of the data is new and has not been observed before, at least not in this amount of detail. It contains excellent plant sketches and voluminous descriptions about plant anatomy. Unfortunately, it is cluttered with enough scientific terminology to make it worthly of a fine dust collector on your book shelf.
I am hugely disappointed with the book. It has so much important information that I will not likely reference because it too damn difficult to find in this book. For example, which Phalaenopsis have a fragrance? These details are in the book somewhere, but I would have to look up every species, one at a time, in order to obtain this answer.
Great information. Poorly written and awkwardly organized. If you love Phalaenopsis, this is a must have book. Just accept the flaws and use it the best you can.
The photos are a big disappointment to say the least, not only they are alphabetically arranged and doesn't allow comparation among sister species, but most are poorly done for modern standards. In a work such this, it's incredible there are so few close-ups of the lips. What's worse, just one photo features a plant growing in the wild. Even Comber's book "Orchids of Java" gives more clue-photos of phalaenopsis growing in the wild than Eric's book.
The Content page mentions chapters on cultivation, fertilisation hibridisation, etc. DO NOT BUY IT for that! Browse Internet, "Orchids" magazine or any other orchid paper and you will find better information on that subjects than in Eric's book. Taking in mind this book has been sponsored by the International Phalaenopsis Association, it's a disappointment to read such poor written chapters.
Eric Christenson's book is a must have for any phalaenopsis lover with interest on taxonomy. Buy it just for that, but don't expect anything else. Anyhow, this is not the outstanding book it should have been.