Orchids of Tropical America: An Introduction and Guide
This new book, the first of its kind, introduces experts and novices to Central and South America's most spectacular orchids. The easy-to-use identification system permits quick recognition of more than 120 prominent genera. Genus descriptions are written in plain language, avoiding technical jargon, and are packed with stories about the ecology, uses and history of each group. Nature reserves from Mexico to Brazil are highlighted, where visitors can enjoy orchids in the wild. Whether you travel to see these unique plants, raise them in your home, or admire them from afar, this guide offers new insight into the diversity and history of orchids
Treats 122 of the most eye catching and widespread orchid groups, from the Bahamas to Brazil
Easy to use identification system allows rapid recognition of almost any orchid flower
More than 480 stunning photos from world-class orchid growers and photographers
Entertaining accounts of ecology, medicinal uses and history bring each group to life
Invaluable as a field guide for orchid tourists visiting tropical America - over 100 reserves and parks featured
Dr. Joe Meisel is vice president of the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, and has worked for over 20 years in Latin America conducting research, teaching, and working with local landowners and communities to protect orchid habitat.
Dr. Ron Kaufmann is a professor at the University of San Diego, a long-time orchid grower, founding member of the Orchid Conservation Alliance and chair of the San Diego County Orchid Society's Conservation Committee.
Dr. Franco Pupulin is the orchid curator of the Lankester Botanical Garden in Costa Rica, editor-in-chief of Lankesteriana, and frequent contributor to scientific journals on the subject of orchid taxonomy.
Cornell University Press
"Provides an easily accessible and finely illustrated beginner's guide to the fascinating morphology, diversity, ecology and conservation of orchids. You could not find a better trio of enthusiasts and specialists to introduce you to the wonderful and occasionally bizarre world of tropical American orchids."
-from the Foreword by Phil Cribb