Orchids are among the most popular and widely collected of plant families, with tropical species and hybrids being cultivated the world over. The five volumes of Genera Orchidacearum will provide a complete, robust classification of the orchids, descriptions of individual species, and cultivational information. The series, superbly illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings of all the genera, will be an absolutely indispensable reference tool both for scientists and for orchid breeders and for collectors and enthusiasts. This, the second volume of Genera Orchidacearum, covers the first 100 species of the Orchidaceae family.
"The Malayan Orchid Review is an annual publication of the Orchid Society of South East Asia, based in Singapore. Its coverage reflects the aims of the Society, which include the advancement of orchid science and orchid conservation, as well as orchid culture and appreciation. It also promotes the interests of hybridisers and commercial growers. The MOR covers reports on orchid shows around the region, new species and hybrid descriptions, articles on orchid biology, conservation and culture, etc. It is the only comprehensive full colour orchid journal published in English in South East Asia."--
The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental plants. It is designed to meet the highest scientific standards but the vocabulary is kept as uncomplicated as possible so that it is fully accessible to the informed gardener and landscape architect as well as to the professional botanists. Although based upon Europe the series will be an extremely useful reference on plants in cultivation throughout the world. Families, genera and species are described, keys are provided and guidance is given on the cultivation of each genus. This volume is the first to be published in a series of six; it contains accounts of 17 families, 402 genera and 1663 species of monocotyledons.
For biologists, 2009 was an epochal year: the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of a book now known simply as The Origin of Species. But for many botanists, Darwin’s true legacy starts with the 1862 publication of another volume: On the Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids Are Fertilised by Insects and on the Good Effects of Intercrossing, or Fertilisation of Orchids. This slim but detailed book with the improbably long title was the first in a series of plant studies by Darwin that continues to serve as a global exemplar in the field of evolutionary botany. In Darwin’s Orchids, an international group of orchid biologists unites to celebrate and explore the continuum that stretches from Darwin’s groundbreaking orchid research to that of today. Mirroring the structure of Fertilisation of Orchids, Darwin’s Orchids investigates flowers from Darwin’s home in England, through the southern hemisphere, and on to North America and China as it seeks to address a set of questions first put forward by Darwin himself: What pollinates this particular type of orchid? How does its pollination mechanism work? Will an orchid self-pollinate or is an insect or other animal vector required? And how has this orchid’s lineage changed over time? Diverse in their colors, forms, aromas, and pollination schemes, orchids have long been considered ideal models for the study of plant evolution and conservation. Looking to the past, present, and future of botany, Darwin’s Orchids will be a vital addition to this tradition.