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by Frank J Anderson
Honorary Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts
New York Botanical Garden

Abbeville Press Publishers, New York
(copyright 1979)
ISBN 0-89659-067-4

h/c with d/j - approx 29cm x 23cm - twink mark on front fly page - some marks to d/j which is price-clipped


from d/j:
Orchids - prized in antiquity, raised by royalty, and hunted by fortune seekers - remain as alluring today as ever...
The sheer exuberance of nature's variety tumbles from these pages, with their magnificent color plates reproduced from the archives of the New York Botanical Garden. Here are such marvels as the 'Phragmipedium caudatum', whose ribonlike petals grow two to three inches a day until they reach lengths of thirty inches or more, and the green swan orchid, which bears up to 3,770,000 seeds in each of its six to eight seed pods - enough to bury the earth in fifteen years if each seed germinated.
Author Frank Anderson recounts the history of each orchid shown, along with the fascinating adventures and misadventures of the orchid hunters who discovered them. Facts about orchid breeding and about the often colorful - and sometimes surprising - ways in which orchids survive and reproduce are woven into his informative, engaging text.
Once the exclusive province of the wealthy, orchids are now readily available to everyone. If you have a green thumb but have always been intimidated by the prospect of raising orchids, the clear, concise cultivational directions given for each plant will show you how to raise them without greenhouses or other expensive equipment...


(sorry no overseas buyers)

(happy to combine postage)
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