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|Authors||Joe E. Meisel, Ronald S. Kaufmann & Franco Pupulin|
|Publisher||Cornell University Press|
Orchids of Tropical America is an entertaining, informative, and splendidly illustrated introduction to the orchid family for enthusiasts and newcomers seeking to learn about more than 120 widespread orchid genera. Joe E. Meisel, Ronald S. Kaufmann, and Franco Pupulin bring alive the riot of colors, extraordinary shapes, and varied biology and ecology of the principal orchid genera ranging from Mexico and the Caribbean to Bolivia and Brazil. Orchids, likely the most diverse family of plants on earth, reach their peak diversity in the tropical countries of the Western Hemisphere, including, for example, more than 2500 species in Brazil and 4000 in Ecuador. Orchids of Tropical America also highlights reserves in the American tropics where travelers can enjoy orchids in the wild.
Whether you journey abroad to see these unique plants, raise them in your home, or admire them from afar, Orchids of Tropical America offers fascinating insights into the diversity and natural history of orchids. Beyond the plant and flower descriptions, Orchids of Tropical America is packed with informative stories about the ecology and history of each genus. Pollination ecology is given in detail, with an emphasis on how floral features distinctive to the genus are linked to interaction with pollinators. This book also features information on medicinal and commercial uses, notes on the discoverers, and relevant historical data.
The easy-to-use identification system permits quick recognition of the most common orchid groups in Central and South America.
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