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The New Encyclopedia of Orchids: 1500 Species in Cultivation

By Isobyl la Croix

The most definitive and well-researched textbook about orchids in more than 40 years.

Washington Post

In this authoritative, detailed and carefully researched encyclopedia, more than 350 genera of cultivated orchids are included and 1500 species described. Infinitely varied and hugely interesting, these strikingly beautiful plants are sumptuously illustrated with approximately 1000 photographs in a reference that no orchid lover can afford to be without.

Isobyl la Croix's broad knowledge of orchids is evident in this encylopedic account of the largest of all flowering plant families. Her experience gained as a scientist, plant hunter and horticulturist, along with her deep passion for orchids, inform the plant selection and add depth to the plant descriptions. The cultivation advice includes information about the orchid's native habitat including elevation, geography, and climate, that will significantly improve the chances of successful growth in the domestic environment. Recent developments in DNA analysis have led to some surprising findings with regard to the relationships between orchids and the author has undertaken an extensive effort to bring all orchid names up-to-date to reflect the latest scientific thinking and taxonomy.

From Acampe to Zygostates, no other serious reference approaches the depth and authority of this remarkable book. Enthusiasts, collectors, and those starting out with orchids will value it for identification and rely on its authority whether researching the most familiar cypripedium or the most rarified angraecoid.

Media reviews

"The most definitive and well-researched textbook about orchids in more than 40 years. ... This 524-page hardcover reference will help you identify and appreciate all your favorites."

—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post

"At more than 500 pages, [this book] is a phenomenal reference for the orchid lover."

—Cindy Decker, Columbus Dispatch

"This comprehensive reference is the ultimate for cultivated orchids, a book for the serious orchid lover or grower. ... There is no better book for the orchid grower than this well-illustrated reference."

—Richard Poffenbaugh, Mansfield News Journal

"A gorgeous picture-laden respite from winter, perfect to read by the fire."

Buffalo Spree

"The new authority on orchids."

—Robert Haehle, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"An authoritative and lavishly photographed beauty of a book that will delight orchid enthusiasts and astonish everyone else."

—Nancy Schoeffler, Hartford Courant

"A remarkable book and an essential resource for public libraries. The depth and authority of the content, along with the spectacular photographs, make it a valuable reference for enthusiasts, collectors, and those starting out with orchids."

—Kathleen A. Welton, Library Journal

"A must-have. ... Not since the publication of Hawk's Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids in 1965 has such an authoritative, detailed and researched book been published. La Croix has created the definitive orchid encyclopedia and no serious reference approaches the depth and authority of this remarkable book. With 100 orchid species profiled, this is the book that all orchid enthusiasts are desiring. If you are not an orchid grower, this tome is a beautiful and impressive coffee table book."

—Russell Studebaker, Tulsa World

About the author

Isobyl la Croix

Isobyl la Croix trained as a botanist at the University of Edinburgh where she developed a deep passion for tropical orchids. After graduation, she and her husband spent 22 years in the tropics, mainly in Africa, collecting, studying, and growing orchids. Since her return to the United Kingdom, Isobyl has edited Orchid Review, the doyen of orchid journals.

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