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The Book of Orchids

By Maarten Christenhusz



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Author Maarten Christenhusz
Binding Hardback
Date published April 2017
Number of pages 656
Publisher The Ivy Press
ISBN / Item No. 9781782404033


One of every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid. Some are stunningly over the top; others almost inconspicuous.

The Orchidaceae is the second most widely geographically distributed family, after the grasses, yet remains one of the least understood.

This book profiles 600 species, representing the remarkable and unexpected diversity and complexity in the taxonomy and phylogeny of these beguiling plants, and the extraordinary means they have evolved in order to ensure the attraction of pollinators.

Each species is photographed to capture its delicate detail, and shown life-size, giving a strong visual theme to the book, and each is accompanied by text offering an in-depth species profile.

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