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Ultimate Orchid Hardcover – October 31, 2002
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
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Desired by man since Ancient times, orchids inspire plant-hunters to travel the world in search of new varieties. Reaching a peak of popularity during Victoria's reign, their appeal has outlasted fashion and they are one of the most popular flowering pot plants sold today. With a reputation for being difficult, which in many cases is untrue, they tend to be admired by the general public from afar. But a closer inspection will reveal the beauty and variety of this genus, from frilly cattleyas to pansy-like miltonias, the evil-looking paphiopedilums to the dainty onciciums. This range of flower types and colours have been taken advantage of by the plant breeders and a plethora of cultivars are now mass-produced for public consumption. This fully illustrated DK guide lives up to the DK reputation of attractive presentation and fabulous photographs. Even a quick flick through the pages will capture the uninitiated orchid-lover and possibly spark a lifelong interest. Whilst lacking in cultivation details for each particular species, it is nevertheless an informative overview of orchids - their history, variety, care and future. - Lucy Watson
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Thomas J. Sheehan is a faculty member at the University of Florida and has written or coauthored over 350 scientific and popular articles on ornamental horticulture. He is an honorary vice-president of the American Orchid Society, a recipient of the Society's Gold Medal of Achievement and is active in a number of international orchid-related organisations