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Orchids of Tropical America: An Introduction and Guide introduces experts and novices alike to the beauty and biology of Central and South America's 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 abroad to see these unique plants, raise them in your home, or merely admire them from afar, this guide offers new insight into the diversity and natural history of orchids. Published by Cornell University Press / Comstock, and available from local and online booksellers in Fall 2014.
Orchids of Tropical America: Features
Includes 122 of the most commonly seen groups of orchids in Central and South America
Easy to use identification system quickly allows you to recognize almost any orchid flower
Written in a clear and engaging style, without obscure botanical terminology
Illustrated with over 480 stunning photographs of orchids
Invaluable as a field guide for orchid tourists visiting tropical America - from Mexico to Brazil
Equally useful as an introduction for newcomers to the world of orchids
Replete with rich accounts of the ecology, medicinal uses and history of each group
Dr. Joe Meisel is vice president of the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, and has worked for over a decade in Ecuador conducting research, teaching field ecology, 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.
Sample Genus Accounts