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Orchid in Lore and Legend

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ISBN-10: 0881926167

ISBN-13: 9780881926163

Edition: 2000

Authors: Luigi Berliocchi

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The orchid is the most evocative of flowers, inspiring in some of its admirers a fanaticism akin to madness, as demonstrated in Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief. This elegant survey of the orchid treats its place in legend and suggests the impact that these exotic plants---whose "exuberance and heavy, sensual beauty ... seemed to bear witness to some original sin"---had on the temperate European mind. Berliocchi chronicles the adventurers and scientists who introduced these marvels, discusses their place in the arts from literature and magic to cuisine and concludes with accounts of the most important genera and their cultivation. Splendidly illustrated with period engravings and botanical…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Luigi Berliocchi (1953-1999) was a lecturer in garden history at the University of Reggio Calabria. He also wrote the text for Vanished Gardens of Rome as well as a study of the origin and history of Mediterranean plants and their presence in art.

Foreword
Preface
Myths and Legends
From Prehistory to History
Prehistory
Antiquity in the East
Antiquity in the West
Modern History
Patrons and Hunters
Arts and Customs
Literature
Art
Magic
Religion
Medicine
Edible Orchid Products
The Plant
Habitat
Plant Structure and Behavior
The Genera
Cattleya
Cymbidium
Dendrobium
Epidendrum and Encyclia
Laelia
Miltonia and Miltoniopsis
Odontoglossum
Oncidium
Paphiopedilum and Other Slipper Orchids
Phalaenopsis
Vanda
European Orchids
Growing Orchids
Sources
Index of Orchids