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Masdevallias: Gems of the Orchid World

By Mary E. Gerritsen and Ron Parsons

Give[s] this beautiful genus its well-deserved moment in the sun.

Pacific Horticulture

For the indoor plant hobbyist, intermediate orchid grower, or anyone simply "mad about masdevallias," this is a first complete reference to these collectible orchids. An inspiring tribute to their beauty and a practical guide to their care, the book offers detailed advice on all aspects of culture. For those enthusiasts who are up to a challenge, chapters on propagating, showing, and registering masdevallias are also included.

Media reviews

"Mary Gerritsen and Ron Parsons give this beautiful genus its well-deserved moment in the sun."

—Jerry Parsons, Pacific Horticulture

"The first complete reference of Masdevallia orchids ever published."

—Pauline Keegan, Hobby Greenhouse

"Masdevallias is a rich and rewarding literary meal, delightful in taste and graced with good nutrition ... Do not let this jewel go unnoticed."

Boox Review

"The experienced and knowledgeable coauthors (both are independent scholars) have provided the first comprehensive book on this genus of Central and South American orchids."

—L. G. Kavaljian, Choice

"A jewel: an important contribution to orchid literature and an invaluable guide to anyone interested in the genus. To have all of this material in one volume is a treasure. I enthusiastically recommend it."

—Marguerite Webb, Orchids

"This book could easily serve as a coffee table book to 'wow' friends."

Sida, Contributions to Botany

About the authors

Mary E. Gerritsen

Mary E. Gerritsen, PhD, an accomplished cell biologist and pharmacologist, has worked in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries for more than 25 years and is the author of scores of articles in medical journals and textbooks. She lives in San Mateo, California.

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Ron Parsons

Ron Parsons has been growing orchids for more than three decades and photographing them for nearly as long. He has over 25,000 slides of orchid species and lectures frequently on a variety of orchid genera. Ron grows an assortment of cool-growing orchid species in a small greenhouse and under lights. He was born, raised, and currently lives in the San Francisco, California, area.

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