The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids - Gardening Book

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids

Edited by Alec Pridgeon

304 pp, 1000 color photos, 20 line drawings, 9 1/4 x 12 1/4", hardcover.
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"It is a bargain to own such a valuable, high-quality reference book at barely the cost of two orchids. I strongly recommend this book to beginning orchidists and enthusiasts at all levels."
— Chin Chu, Dept. of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, Cornell University

This large and beautiful volume is aimed at a broad audience, from the flower lover with a casual interest in orchids to the committed enthusiast and professional. It encompasses a wide spectrum of orchid genera, and over 1,100 species and hybrids commonly in cultivation. The text, written by acknowledged experts of international renown, is authoritative but accessible to the beginner. Lavish full-color photographs, drawn from international sources, enable non-specialists to identify orchids in collections or in the field with ease.

The introductory section features a number of pertinent topics which guide the reader to an understanding of these wonderful flowers: orchid habitats, distribution, classification, hybrids, pollination, cultivation, and conservation. The alphabetical "Orchids A-Z" section includes descriptions, taxonomy, currently accepted names and synonyms, geographic distribution, notes on culture, and hundreds of color photographs of the best-known species in cultivation.

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