Orchids: The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Oncidium is an important addition to any library, and persons interested in orchids will want this comprehensive volume. It is the only book devoted exclusively to the Oncidium alliance that shows plants and flowers meticulously painted to actual size in color from living orchids by expert botanical illustrators. Definitive essays for each of the sections have been written by renowned experts on Oncidium. The book has been edited by Mark W. Chase, one of the world’s top authorities on this group of orchids. This cloth-bound, hardcover volume has 148 pages. Most pages are printed in color on 100 lb. dull-coated paper. The book measures 9½ x 13 inches.
The remarkable orchids of the Oncidium alliance are among the world’s showiest and most popular orchids. Native to the Americas, most grow from sea level up to 12,000 feet on trees as epiphytes, although some grow terrestrially.The many hybrids of Oncidium have contributed to their popularity. Often seen in home-design magazines, those little yellow flowers have become recognizeable to the general public, but there are many magnificent species that are not so well known in the Oncidium Alliance. It is these, as well as the better known species, that are the subject of this book. There are more than 850 plants and flowers meticulously painted by a group of expert botanical illustrators. Many new species have been added since the original edition, and many more species names are given. The book includes the latest taxonomy based on botanical DNA as well as essays by orchid experts with specialized knowledge of each group in the Oncidium alliance. Included is a DNA "tree" that shows the relationship of the species, plus a comprehensive bibliography and a functional index.
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Mark Chase is the Head of Molecular Systemics section of the Jodrel Laboratory at the Royal Botanioc Gardens at Kew in England where he does DNA research, specializing in orchids. He is a hands-on scientist who is as familair with field study as he is with laboratory work.Review:
Harry Zelenko was well known as a designner and illustrator in New York City. His work in painting more than 850 flowers and plants in this volume is unmatched in the orchid world. It is a beautiful book with superb, precise paintings and is up-to-date taxonomically. I learned a lot. --Lou Dorfsman
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