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Angraecoid Orchids: Species from the African Region

By Joyce Stewart, Johan Hermans, and Bob Campbell

The authors know the angraecoid orchids well, both in cultivation and the wild, and this knowledge has led to an authoritative account of these interesting plants.

Orchid Review

These so-called 'jewels of Africa' with their sparkling flowers, distinctive growth habit and floriferous nature are much prized and this account, the first to include the angraecoid orchids of both Africa and Madagascar, is long awaited. It brings together, in a single volume, descriptions of all 690 species in this intriguing group of orchids and will be the essential reference for all angraecoid orchid enthusiasts for years to come. Stewart, Herman and Campbell have all spent time in various parts of eastern and southern Africa and precise ecological information relating to habitat, altitude preferences and flowering season of individual plants will be particularly helpful to growers. The diagnostic features of each genus are illustrated and over half the species are accompanied by exquisite photographs taken in both wild habitats and in cultivation.

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"The authors know the angraecoid orchids well, both in cultivation and the wild, and this knowledge has led to an authoritative account of these interesting plants."

—Isobyl la Croix, Orchid Review

About the authors

Joyce Stewart

Joyce Stewart is an eminent orchid specialist whose latest work reflects her sojourns to Madagascar, Mauritius, and the Reunion and Comoro Islands in pursuit of a rare group of orchids. President of the British Orchid Council and Chairman of the International Orchid Commission, she has written over 100 articles on orchids as well as numerous books such as Orchids (Timber Press, 2000), and Orchids of Kenya (Timber Press, 1996).

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Johan Hermans

Johan Hermans has been growing and studying orchids for over twenty years. His photographs of orchids and other wildlife have been published widely, and he has written and lectured on various orchid-related subjects such as the genus Dracula, Pleurothallidinae, and the orchids of Madagascar. He is also credited with describing several new orchid species. An Honorary Research Associate of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, he has received five Gold Medals at the World Orchid Conferences and garnered nearly 100 awards from the Royal Horticultural Society Orchid Committee.

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Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell is a photographer and cinematographer who has documented various landmark African projects over the last half century. After covering paleontologist Richard Leakey's African expeditions throughout the 1960s, he began a long-term involvement with Dian Fossey's Gorilla Research Project and later joined forces with Universal Studios to film the feature movie "Gorillas in the Mist." He has contributed photographs of orchids to Joyce Stewart's previous books including The Orchids of Kenya (Timber Press, 1996).

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