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The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary Of Orchid Genera (Comstock Book)

Published in Association with Selby Botanical Gardens Press"The hundreds of orchid genera and thousands of species can seem unbelievably complex, but they are beautiful, mysterious, and alluring. Therefore we want reliable ways in which to refer to them―ways that will be understood by those who hear us or read our written communications about these plants. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera will become a convenient reference for those many people who are fascinated by orchids. By referring to this guide, one can find a secure mooring for any species of orchid, one that makes it possible to understand its relatives and its place in the galaxy of orchid variation."―from the Foreword by Peter H. RavenThe Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera is the most comprehensive and extensively illustrated account of orchid genera to date. Its concise entries provide details of nomenclature, classification, original publication, etymology, and geographic range, along with a brief description and color images of representative flowers. The dictionary describes not only all of the 850 orchid genera that are recognized today but also those genera known only from fossil records, published before Linnaeus, validly published (but not accepted), and invalidly published according to the standards of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, as well as those that have variant names or spellings. In addition to the alphabetic entries, this dictionary includes an introduction to orchid biology, a glossary, a list of taxonomists credited with publishing new orchid genera, key references and bibliographical abbreviation list, and the governing nomenclature rules. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera also features a Foreword by Peter H. Raven and an Introduction on the biology of orchids by David Benzing that describes the August 2007 discovery of the world's oldest unequivically orchidaceous fossil.The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, are extensive botanical gardens dedicated to research and collections of epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads, and their canopy ecosystems. The Gardens maintain the most diverse collection of bromeliads in the world and feature over 20,000 plants from some 6,000 species in 1,200 genera from 214 plant families, including 6,000 live orchids. This monumental work is yet another manifestation of the collection―an extension of the Gardens into print.

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)

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I ordered this book and find it very thorough in its covering of orchid genera. When I ordered it, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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