With more than 30,000 known species, orchids represent the largest family of plants. But only one genus has agricultural value—the Vanilla orchid. Leading orchid expert Ken Cameron covers the natural history of the world’s most popular flavor and fragrance and provides an introduction to the pollination, biology, structure, evolution, and diversity of Vanilla and related orchids. Vanilla Orchids also features methods for bean harvest, curing, and processing for enthusiasts who want to try it at home.
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Ken Cameron developed a passion for botany at an early age, and became one of the first people to apply modern DNA sequencing methods to the study of orchid evolution and classification. As a result of his international lab and field research, he has become the world’s authority on Vanilla and its relatives.
He served as a curator and director of the New York Botanical Garden’s molecular systematics laboratory for ten years before relocating to the Midwest. Today he is professor of botany and director of the State Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“A splendid overview of Vanilla. . . . This superb book is a most informative read.” —Choice
“An interesting and comprehensive volume.” —Reference and Research Book News
“Whether for its horticulture or gustatory insights, I recommend this book heartily.” —Orchid Digest
“A delightful little book.” —Massachusetts Orchid Society Newsletter
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