Genera Orchidacearum Volume 5: Epidendroideae (Part II)

Hardcover | October 29, 2009

EditorAlec M. Pridgeon, Phillip Cribb, Mark W. Chase

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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 iGenera Orchidacearum/i 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 phylogeneticclassification, 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 wholewill 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. However, for a variety of reasons it remains one of the least understood. The fossil record is poor, and active research has been relatively scarce until recentyears, in part because of the sheer size and cosmopolitan distribution of the family. The fifth volume treats 186 genera in tribe Cymbidieae 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.

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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 iGenera Orchidacearum/i series represents a robust and natural classification of the orchids, something that has eluded plant scientists and ...

Alec M. Pridgeon is Sainsbury Orchid Fellow of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and Courtesy Curator of the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. In orchid circles he is perhaps best known as past Editor of the American Orchid Society Bulletin (now titled Orchids...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:664 pagesPublished:October 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of contributorsList of colour platesCymbidieae1. Catasetinae2. Coeliopsidinae3. Cymbidiinae4. Cyrtopodiinae5. Eriopsidinae6. Eulophiinae7. Maxillariinae8. Oncidiinae9. Stanhopeinae10. Vargasiellinae11. ZygopetalinaeAddendum - Nomenclatural changes in Laeliinae (volume 4)GlossaryReferencesIndex to scientific namesSubject index