Genera Orchidacearum: Part 3

Genera Orchidacearum: Part 3 : Epidendroideae

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For centuries orchids have been among the most popular of plant families, with thousands of species and hybrids cultivated worldwide for the diversity, beauty, and intricacy of their flowers. The Genera Orchidacearum series represents a robust and natural classification of the orchids, something that has eluded plant scientists and orchid enthusiasts for years. The editors, who are all distinguished orchid specialists, incorporate a wealth of new DNA data into a truly phylogenetic classification, identifying the areas and taxa that merit additional work. To this end, they have invited several international specialists to contribute in their particular areas of expertise. Each volume provides comprehensive coverage of one or two orchid subfamilies, and the series as a whole will be an indispensable reference tool for scientists, orchid breeders, and growers. Orchidaceae is the largest monocotyledon family and perhaps the largest plant family in terms of number of species, approximately 25,000. Although the fossil record is limited, active molecular research in recent years has unravelled many of the complexities and phylogenetics of this cosmopolitan plant family. This sixth and final volume treats 140 genera in tribes Dendrobieae and Vandeae of the largest subfamily, Epidendroideae, including some of the showiest orchids often used in hybridizing. Comprehensive treatments are provided for each genus, which include complete nomenclature, description, distribution (with map), anatomy, palynology, cytogenetics, phytochemistry, phylogenetics, pollination, ecology, and economic uses. Cultivation notes are included for those genera known to be in hobbyist collections. Genera are beautifully illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs. An Addendum updates a few generic accounts published in past volumes. A cumulative glossary, list of generic synonyms with their equivalents, and list of all series contributors round out this final volume in the series.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 228 x 280 x 44mm | 2,179.97g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps, figures
  • 0199646511
  • 9780199646517
  • 464,427

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Author Information

Finn N. Rasmussen is retired Associate Professor and researcher at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and at the Department of Biology, research group for evolutionary botany, University of Copenhagen.

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Review quote

The final volume of Genera Orchidacearum completes a total review of the orchid genera of the world, and contains important Australian groups. The international consensus published in this volume provides orchid growers with a stable nomenclature... Serious species orchid growers and societies could consider purchasing this landmark six volume full set as a valuable reference. Orchadian As a complete series this contemporary work is hard to beat; it has certainly achieved its aim and should prove indispensable for those studying or growing orchids. Sam Hurley, Orchid Journal

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