The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids

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Alec M. Pridgeon
Timber Press, 1992 - Gardening - 304 pages
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The orchid is one of the most passionately cultivated flowers worldwide, and for centuries it has been a symbol for the exotic and mysterious in the human imagination. As the brilliant photographs in this book show, the shapes, hues and textures of many of these extraordinary flowers continue to produce a shock of wonder in the viewer.
This book will delight everyone, from the gardener with a casual interest in orchids, to the confirmed enthusiast. It takes in a wide spectrum of orchid genera and more than 1100 species common in cultivation, presented by an international team of experts.
The first section, by the General Editor, Alec Pridgeon, introduces orchid habitats, distribution, names and classification, hybrids, pollination, how to grow orchids and control pests and diseases, and orchid conservation.
The alphabetical section, "Orchids A-Z," includes descriptions, names and synonyms, geographic distribution, notes on culture, and photographs drawn from collections around the world, showing the best-known species in cultivation.
Whether you are buying, growing or just looking, this is the ultimate guide to orchids.

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User Review  - JustBecuz - LibraryThing

After all these years, this is still my "go-to" book when it comes to learning about orchid species. Beautiful to look at and a joy to read, this book is a treasured part of my orchid books library. Read full review

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User Review  - keylimemermaid - Overstock.com

extremely informative. Turned me on to species of orchids I didnt know existed. color pix are beautiful and display each species in detail. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Alec Pridgeon is Sainsbury Orchid Fellow of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is perhaps best known as past editor of the "American Orchid Society Bulletin" and founding editor of the scientific orchid journal, "Lindleyana>/i>. He has written many books and articles on orchids and has lectured on this topic internationally.

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