Book: The Book of Orchids
The Book of Orchids: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred
Species from around the World
By Mark Chase, Maarten Christenhusz, and Tom Mirenda. 2017.
This charming and informative 'coffee-table'-style book provides a glimpse of wonderfully obscure orchids that most of us might otherwise never see! Beginning with Tom Mirendaâ€™s sublime preface, the first 24 pages outline the family of orchids, one of the world's most diverse. Then follow the single-page â€śbotâ€ť-ographies featuring a different orchid on each page; in all, 600 entries that include actual-size photographs and geographic distribution.
Each species overview relays varying details particular to that orchid, such as cultivation and ethnobotany, fragrance, pollinators, and even scientific significance where applicable. A great feature: the orchids are organized taxonomically so that related orchids are presented together, allowing the reader to appreciate the ingenuity and diversity of orchids.
We are so honored that Tom Mirenda, who has also been a frequent contributor to the American Orchid Society magazine, participated as the Guest Author for this book at our 2017 SBOE Summer Open House!
Hardcover book with 656 pages.
Orchid of the Day: February 21, 2021