"This book in six parts will appeal to botanists and orchid growers, both professional and hobbyist. Dr. Withner brings clarity, precision and enthusiasm for this group of plants to our attention, and his unparalleled experience provides a wealth of information about species old and new, 'lost', 'rediscovered', and rare."--Joyce Stewart, Plantsman, December 1994--Joyce Stewart "Plantsman "Vom Verlag:
THE CATTLEYAS AND THEIR RELATIVESVolume IV: The Bahamian and Caribbean SpeciesThis is the fourth volume in a landmark series of six books devoted to the genera of the Cattleya alliance. Carl Withner's extensive experience, study, and research give readers access to an unparalleled range of information about appearance, growth habit, incidence and cultivation of each species as he describes. In addition to his considerable expertise, Dr. Withner brings clarity, precision, order and enthusiasm to the complexities the genera present. The clear and detailed text is supported by photographs, type illustrations, and diagrams.Useful both as a botanical and horticultural reference, this is the most complete and up-to-date work on the genera included. It presents information on 67 major and minor species from nine Caribbean genera: Broughtonia, Cattleyopsis, Domingoa, Encylia, Laeliopsis, Neocogniauxia, Psychilis, Quisqueya, and Tetramicra.With increasing interest in habitat survival and in the conservation of all species, avid orchid hobbyists increasingly wish to see and know more about these lesser-known taxa. Of special interest in this volume are the first thorough information on Tetramicra and the first-ever drawing of Encyclia angustifolia, an extremely rare species first collected in Jamaica 1788 but never before photographed or drawn for publication. The general run of taxa in this volume is not to be found in ordinary orchid books and will be of great interest to enthusiasts. Writing in the American Orchid Society Bulletin, Rebecca Northern said of the first volume: "This is a book for all time. It and the five volumes to follow will form a grand addition to orchid libraries... (a) source of information for years to come." Withner's next volumes will include discussions of Mesoamerican and the remaining South American species. All those interested in the cattleyas and their relatives, from botanist to the professional grower to the hobbyist, will find Dr. Withner's work an invaluable resource.
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