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. Beginning with Tom Mirendaâ€™s sublime preface, the first 24 pages provide a clear overview of the orchid family. Then follow 600 single-page â€śbotâ€ť-ographies with actual-size photographs and geographic distribution. Particular to each species, details on cultivation, ethnobotany, fragrance, pollinators, and scientific importance may be included. The grouping of the plants is not the standard â€śalphabetical by genusâ€ť, but more taxonomical: first by ancientness of subfamily and then alphabetical by tribe, subtribe, and genus. This grouping and the authorsâ€™ inclusion of many non-cultivated orchids provide an unparalleled illustration of the floral and geographic diversity resulting from orchid evolution and adaptation. Hardcover book with 656 pages.
We are so honored that Tom Mirenda will be at the SBOE for the first two days (July 14 and 15) of our 2017 SBOE Summer Open House (July 14-16). Tom will be chatting with visitors, signing books, and giving away recent issues of the newly expanded American Orchid Society magazine, to which Tom is a frequent contributor. Stop by and say hello. Unsigned books are available now from SBOE. Signed books can be reserved now, either for in-person signing at our Summer Open House or for shipping after July 16, 2017.
Orchid of the Day: June 12, 2017