Brown provides general distributional information, time of flowering, and habitat requirements for each species as well as a complete list of hybrids and the many different growth and color forms that can make identifying orchids so intriguing. For the twayblades and adder’s-mouths he includes information on 21 species, 1 additional variety, and 2 hybrids.
Most twayblades and adder’s-mouths are relatively small plants with tiny green flowers, but a few have richly colored blooms or particularly interesting habits that attract the native orchid enthusiast. Most of these species are easy to identify based upon their general appearance, range, and time of flowering. Answering three simple questions—when, where, and how does it grow?—and comparing the living plant with the striking photos in the backpack-friendly laminated guide should enable both professional and amateur naturalists to achieve the satisfaction of identifying a specific orchid.
Orchids – The Complete Grower’s Guide covers all aspects of cultivating orchids. It is suitable both for the beginner starting out, as well as for the more committed orchid enthusiast looking to try some of the more unusual species available. The authors, backed by years of hands-on experience, take an in-depth look at orchid growing today. Areas covered include a comprehensive background to the orchid and its history together with information on hybridisation and the conservation of rare and threatened species in the wild. On the practical side there is down-to-earth advice with step-by-step instructions on the care of orchids for the amateur and the more advanced gardener: watering, feeding, pests, greenhouse cultivation, re-potting, root care and compost are amongst the many subject areas covered. Superb, specially commissioned photographs accompany the text and reveal the intrinsic beauty of these exotic plants.
More than 80% of Australia’s lavishly abundant species of native orchids are found nowhere else in the world. With their delicate beauty, often brilliant colors, bizarre shapes, and wondrous biological relationships, they have attracted a dedicated following of passionate devotees. This magnificently illustrated, up-to-date, and authoritative book covers 150 of the most well known and widespread species as well as many that are extremely rare or were only recently described. These include both terrestrial and arboreal orchids from all parts of this fascinating continent.
John Riley’s drawings are not only beautiful but masterpieces of meticulous accuracy: all are anatomically exact, representing the finest collection of illustrations of this flora published to date. The concise text, by David Banks with contributions from Riley, complements the drawings with precise, pertinent information.
Each species description consists of a full page of color illustrations of all key parts with a page of text opposite. The orchid genera are arranged alphabetically and, where appropriate, separated into informal groupings. Within each genus, the species appear in chronological order of their scientific description. Closely related taxonomic groups are therefore presented together, for easier comparison.
Orchids of Australia will become a benchmark among the burgeoning numbers of orchid lovers, growers, and specialists worldwide, combining the most up-to-date nomenclatural treatment of Australia’s indigenous orchids with superb, highly detailed, full-color illustrations.
John J. Riley, who worked for many years as a sheep shearer in his native Australia, is one of the country’s most accomplished botanical artists. He has been researching and drawing the country’s orchids in the field for more than twenty years. In 1992 he was awarded a fellowship by the Australian Institute of History and the Arts in recognition of his botanical illustrations and his celebrated carvings on emu eggs. David P. Banks is the editor of the Australian Orchid Review and former editor of The Orchadian. Author of Tropical Orchids of Southeast Asiaand Growing Orchids, he is a popular lecturer both in Australia and abroad on orchids and their cultivation.
- The most beautifully illustrated, up-to-date book on some of the finest of Australia’s abounding native orchids
- Strikingly detailed and accurate, full-color drawings of 150 species, from the most well known and widespread to the rare and recently described
- Each orchid described by a page of illustrations
- Text on facing page provides succinct information on range, etymology, flowering time, habitat, conservation status, and distinctive features
- Closely related taxonomic groups presented together for easier comparison
- Genera arranged alphabetically and species within each genus ordered chronologically by date of scientific description
- Range map for each species
Written by leading orchid specialists, and with detailed descriptions, keys, line drawings, distribution maps and colour photographs, this new field guide will be an invaluable identification tool, providing urgently needed help in clarifying the status of these wonderfully diverse plants, many of which are rare or endangered.
As is the case with many other rare and sought-after species of plant and animal, Madagascar is one of the world’s prime locations for orchids, which make up the largest family of flowering plants on the island. Madagascar is home to nearly one thousand different species of orchids?which make up nearly ten percent of the island’s flora?nearly nine hundred of them endemic. Orchids are found in almost every habitat on the island, from the mountains to the coasts, and this field guide?the first of its kind, fully illustrated with color photographs and packed with details to aid identification?is an invaluable tool for researchers and ecotourists visiting the island.
This elegant Thai and English compendium of the world-renowned orchids of Thailand features 685 species in full-color photographs. With its detailed information on the locations, flowering seasons, and distinctive features of the kingdom’s spectacular wild orchids, it is an indispensable companion for both professional and amateur naturalists, as well as for nature lovers on their forays into the national parks of Thailand. The volume includes a species index of Thai and scientific names. Nantiya Vaddhanaphuti formerly taught plant propagation and floriculture at Chiang Mai University. She has been collecting and observing the wild orchids of Thailand for many years.
This comprehensive guide book takes a step-by-step approach to proper potting mediums, light, water and fertilization of a wide variety of orchids. It is written for beginners, hobbyists and all orchidists as an adventure in the joy of growing orchids. Also included are over 150 full color photographs and illustrations of orchids in all their glory as well as a source guide.