The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids

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Alec M. Pridgeon
Timber Press, 2006 - Gardening - 304 pages

This handsome reference, now available in paperback, is sure to delight gardeners with a casual interest in orchids as well as the committed enthusiast and professional. Encompassing a wide spectrum of orchid genera, over 1100 species and hybrids commonly in cultivation are detailed. With an authoritative but accessible text written by acknowledged experts of international renown, the book features all the pertinent topics which guide the reader to an understanding of these wonderful flowers: orchid habitats, distribution, classification, hybrids, pollination, cultivation, and conservation. The alphabetical "Orchids A-Z" section includes descriptions, taxonomy, currently accepted names and synonyms, geographic distribution, notes on culture, and hundreds of color photographs of the best-known species in cultivation.

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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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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 (2006)

Alec Pridgeon is Sainsbury Orchid Fellow of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he edits the twice-yearly Orchid Research Newsletter. He is perhaps best known as past editor of the American Orchid Society Bulletin and founding editor of the scientific orchid journal, Lindleyana. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, a research associate of the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, and a member of the orchid committee and orchid registration advisory committee of the Royal Horticultural Society. He has written and edited many books and articles on orchids and has lectured on this topic internationally.

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