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Phalaenopsis: A Monograph
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Without a doubt, the most widely grown orchids in the world are the species and hybrids of "Phalaenopsis," the "moth orchids." Since their discovery by western botanists in the 18th century, phalaenopsis were considered aristocrats even among orchids and were eagerly sought out by the most discerning and wealthy of collectors. With advances in orchid propagation and breeding in the middle 20th century, however, these orchids became accessible and affordable to anyone with an eye for exceptional beauty. Few floriculture crops have swamped the marketplace as suddenly as phalaenopsis has in recent years, with millions of plants being produced for the mass market annually. Moth orchids have helped eliminate the misconception of orchids as temperamental conservatory plants only for the very rich. In the words of author Eric Christenson, we are witnessing "the makings of an orchid revolution."
Against this backdrop of change and ferment, Christenson set out to write a definitive monograph of the genus "Phalaenopsis," the first thorough treatment since Herman Sweet's revision in 1969. Focusing mainly on the forebears of today's omnipresent hybrids the species he always keeps an eye on the characteristics that species might bring to today's hybridization programs. With extensive keys and detailed reviews of the taxonomy of the genus, Christenson provides a thorough picture of the current scientific understanding of these remarkable plants.
In addition to its scientific content, this book offers a wealth of practical information for the orchid hobbyist. A useful chapter on cultivation techniques is included, as is a chapter on hybrids in their many forms, shapes, and colors. More than 200 color photos and 60 drawings enliven the work and provide a fascinating visual overview.
With the full sponsorship and support of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, Christenson has written an extraordinary book reflecting years of botanical research and horticultural experience with the genus. No orchid specialist will want to be without it.
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"Promises to enlighten aficionados. . . . A wealth of stimulating data to assist in the cultivation of these distinctive plants." --Booklist "Research taxonomist Christenson offers a scientific understanding of these plants as well as hybridization and cultural tips." --Library Journal "This complete work on Phalaenopsis is an essential reference, offering keys to the species, descriptions of each, taxonomic notes, and hybridization and conservation." --Orchids "Eric Christenson has written an extraordinary book reflecting years of botanical research and almost 30 years of horticultural experience with the genus. No orchid specialist will want to be without it." --Biology Digest "Eric has sculpted a very fine book that will be the bible for species growers for decades to come.. . . . It was worth the wait and I recommend it most highly." --Orchid Digest "Phalaenopsis: A Monograph is an essential addition to the libraries of hobbyists, commercial growers, judges, Affiliated Societies, and anyone with an interest in this genus of Old World orchids." --American Orchid Society BookShop "The first thorough update of the genus since Herman Sweet's revision in 1969." --Plant Talk "A long-needed revision of the genus Phalaenopsis. . . . Highly recommended." --Choice "Orchid scientists and growers alike will want to own a copy of Eric Christenson's new monograph of Phalaenopsis." --Brittonia "The author draws on his extensive botanical research and almost 30 years of growing this genus. His love for these plants is evident throughout this book." --Hawaii Horticulture "An important book for anyone who takes a serious interest in growing this colorful, adaptable, long living plant which flowers reliably in winter months." --Orchidacea Promises to enlighten aficionados. . . . A wealth of stimulating data to assist in the cultivation of these distinctive plants. Booklist Research taxonomist Christenson offers a scientific understanding of these plants as well as hybridization and cultural tips. Library Journal This complete work on Phalaenopsis is an essential reference, offering keys to the species, descriptions of each, taxonomic notes, and hybridization and conservation. Orchids Eric Christenson has written an extraordinary book reflecting years of botanical research and almost 30 years of horticultural experience with the genus. No orchid specialist will want to be without it. Biology Digest Eric has sculpted a very fine book that will be the bible for species growers for decades to come.. . . . It was worth the wait and I recommend it most highly. Orchid Digest Phalaenopsis: A Monograph is an essential addition to the libraries of hobbyists, commercial growers, judges, Affiliated Societies, and anyone with an interest in this genus of Old World orchids. American Orchid Society BookShop The first thorough update of the genus since Herman Sweet s revision in 1969. Plant Talk A long needed revision of the genus Phalaenopsis. . . . Highly recommended. Choice Orchid scientists and growers alike will want to own a copy of Eric Christenson s new monograph of Phalaenopsis. Brittonia The author draws on his extensive botanical research and almost 30 years of growing this genus. His love for these plants is evident throughout this book. Hawaii Horticulture An important book for anyone who takes a serious interest in growing this colorful, adaptable, long living plant which flowers reliably in winter months. Orchidacea " "[The author's] definitive work promises to enlighten aficionados ... A wealth of stimulating data to assist in the cultivation of these distinctive plants." "Booklist," January 1, 2001"

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