Synopses & Reviews
From the producers of the bestselling Flora (Timber Press, 2003) comes the definitive reference for orchid enthusiasts, with more than 1500 orchids described in detail. Genus entries give information on natural distribution, characteristics, and cultivation; species coverage includes a description and symbols indicating the type of plant — whether terrestrial, lithophyte, or epiphyte — average height and spread, and temperature and light requirements. More than 1350 stunning photographs show specimens in close detail along with plants in their native habitats wherever possible. Introductory chapters deal with the history and taxonomy of orchids, cultivation and propagation techniques, pests and diseases, and conserving orchids in the wild. A handy reference table summarizes climate and cultivation information for each species, and the comprehensive glossary and index make the wealth of information contained in Flora's Orchids easily accessible.
"The book offers substance as well as style."—Janet A. Crum, Library Journal, November 2005 M. Taylor - Choice
"Even those who claim not to like orchids will enjoy thumbing through this beautiful book."—Jerry Parsons, Pacific Horticulture, May/June 2006 Jerry Parsons
"Describes and offers beautiful color photographs of over 1,500 orchids, far more than in most such books, in language that minimizes difficult botanical terminology, and it provides a glossary explaining important terms it does use."—M. Taylor, Choice, April 2006 Pacific Horticulture
Highlighting one of the most popular and desirable plants grown today, this comprehensive encyclopedia includes more than 1800 orchids and provides information on pest and diseases, preparing orchids for exhibition, propagation, and transplanting.
About the Author
Isobyl la Croix is editor of the prestigious journal, The Orchid Review, published by the royal horticultural society. She trained as a botanist at the University of Edinburgh and has done extensive fieldwork throughout the world, especially in Africa. She has written numerous books on a wide range of subjects, including orchids, and has contributed articles to specialist journals.Ned Nash was a director of education and conservation at the American Orchid Society from 1995 to 2003 and was an AOS-accredited judge for more than 20 years. He also worked for 20 years in the commercial orchid industry.