African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation.

By: La Croix, Isobyl and Eric.

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Octavo, navy blue cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 379 pp. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: Africa has fewer orchid species than the other tropical continents, with some 1550 species in 99 genera. Most African epiphytes do not have bright colors or large flowers, yet possess a subtle beauty; the terrestrial orchids, on the other hand, include some of the most beautiful and vividly colored species in the world. Although African orchids are increasing in popularity, relatively few are found in cultivation. This book covers the orchids of sub-Saharan Africa, excluding Madagascar and other Indian Ocean islands, but including the islands off the west coast of the continent. The orchids found in this area are distinctly different from the European-related orchid species found in North Africa. The authors have included all plants available from nurseries and many that are being grown but are not yet available in the trade, along with a few species not yet known to be in cultivation that the authors deem to be unusually worthy. The first quarter of the book encompasses general chapters on climate, geography, culture, propagation, and hybridization. The larger second section consists of a detailed encyclopedic listing of all African orchids meeting the above critieria, with descriptions, information on habitat and distribution, and useful notes on cultivation. There is also an appendix of African orchid genera not in cultivation. The color photographs were taken in the field by Eric la Croix.

Title: African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation.

Author Name: La Croix, Isobyl and Eric.

Location Published: Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, (1997).

Categories: African History

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