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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

Authors

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.

Joe Meisel

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.

Contact Info

Introduction to the Orchids of Tropical America cover

Phragmipedium kovachii

Phragmipedium kovachii

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Foreword by Dr. Phil Cribb
  • Introduction to the guide
  • Orchid Diversity, Ecology & Conservation
  • Introduction to orchid biology and ecology
  • Why are orchids so diverse?
  • Fooling flies, duping lovers & other ecological tales
  • Collectors & bandits, a history of orchids and the people that pursued them
  • Threats and conservation:  what is being done to save orchids?
  • Rapid Identification Guide
  • Illustrated glossary of key orchid characteristics
  • How to identify orchid groups
  • Easy-to-use orchid identification system
  • Field Guide and Genus Descriptions
  • Detailed description of 122 genera, from stem to sepal
  • How to distinguish from similar orchids
  • Distribution & diversity, preferred habitat type and elevation
  • Biological stories, ecological oddities, medicinal uses, human history & other wild tales
  • Photographs of the most commonly seen & ecologically important species
  • Where to See Orchids
  • Orchid-centered reserves in over 20 Central & South America and Caribbean countries
  • Orchid Resources
  • Links to online sites for orchid identifcation, care and purchase
  • Extensive bibliography of orchid literature

Sample Genus Accounts

Acineta
Coryanthes
Miltoniopsis
Phragmipedium
Zygopetalum

For more information or to pre-order Orchids of Tropical America: An Introduction and Guide, please contact the author or Cornell University Press.