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Cattleyas & Their Relatives Volume 4 Bahamiaby Carl L. Withner
Synopses & Reviews
THE CATTLEYAS AND THEIR RELATIVES
Volume IV: The Bahamian and Caribbean Species
This is the fourth volume in a landmark series of six books devoted to the genera of the Cattleyaalliance. Carl Withner's extensive experience, study, and research give readers access to an unparalleled range of information about appearance, growth habit, incidence and cultivation of each species as he describes. In addition to his considerable expertise, Dr. Withner brings clarity, precision, order and enthusiasm to the complexities the genera present. The clear and detailed text is supported by photographs, type illustrations, and diagrams.
Useful both as a botanical and horticultural reference, this is the most complete and up-to-date work on the genera included. It presents information on 67 major and minor species from nine Caribbean genera: Broughtonia, Cattleyopsis, Domingoa, Encylia, Laeliopsis, Neocogniauxia, Psychilis, Quisqueya, and Tetramicra.With increasing interest in habitat survival and in the conservation of all species, avid orchid hobbyists increasingly wish to see and know more about these lesser-known taxa. Of special interest in this volume are the first thorough information on Tetramicraand the first-ever drawing of Encyclia angustifolia, an extremely rare species first collected in Jamaica 1788 but never before photographed or drawn for publication. The general run of taxa in this volume is not to be found in ordinary orchid books and will be of great interest to enthusiasts.
Writing in the American Orchid Society Bulletin, Rebecca Northern said of the first volume: andquot;This is a book for all time. It and the five volumes to follow will form a grand addition to orchid libraries... (a) source of information for years to come.andquot; Withner's next volumes will include discussions of Mesoamerican and the remaining South American species. All those interested in the cattleyas and their relatives, from botanist to the professional grower to the hobbyist, will find Dr. Withner's work an invaluable resource.
Book News Annotation:
This fourth in a six-volume study of the Cattleya alliance covers the 67 major and minor species from nine Caribbean genera, including the first overall consideration of Tetramicra. Discussed in detail are the appearance, growth habit, incidence, and cultivation of each species, with numerous color photos, drawings, and diagrams to assist with identification.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
THE CATTLEYAS AND THEIR RELATIVES
Volume VI: The South American Encyclia Species
This is the final volume in a landmark treatise in six parts devoted to the genera of the Cattleya alliance, a series whose first volume appeared in 1988. This volume covers the species of Encyclia native to South America, a group of orchids that presents the researcher with many difficulties. The herbarium record is minimal on many of these species, and the original or type specimen may have been destroyed; photographs and even drawing may be lacking. There are formidable problems in identification, distribution, and nomenclature to be resolved, further complicated by the ongoing catastrophic loss of habitat. Carl Withner's extensive field experience, study and research are invaluable assets in brining order to this tangled genus, and providing the foundation for further work.
This volume also includes an appendix of taxonomic and nomenclatural changes affecting species covered in the first five volumes, and a second appendix of changes and additions to the earlier volumes reflecting recent scholarship.
Writing in the American Orchid Society Bulletin, Rebecca Northern said of the first volume: "This is a book for all time. It and the five volumes to follow will form a grand addition to orchid libraries... (a) source of information for years to come." Now that this great work has been completed, her prediction seems to have been amply fulfilled.
Cattleyas are frequently called "the Queen of the Orchids," and Carl Withner's passion for them started before World War II. About 12 years ago he published the first in this series of six books, which now comes to a conclusion with this final volume. The South American Encyclia species have not previously been the subject of a book, and the genus presents many problems and difficulties. A few of the species are known from a single herbarium specimen and may well now be extinct because of the continuing loss of habitat.
This volume also includes taxonomic and nomenclatural changes affecting species covered in the earlier volumes, as well as additions and changes to the text of each of the five volumes.
About the Author
In 1990 Withner was granted the American Orchid Society's highest award, the Gold Medal, to honor his distinguished achievement in science and education. In 1996 the Orchid Digest Corporation awarded him its highest accolade, the Silver Medal for meritorious service to the orchid world. Dr. Withner lives in Bellingham, Washington, where he remains much occupied with orchid research, writing, and work with orchid societies.
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