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Dendrobium and Its Relatives

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ISBN-10: 0881928054

ISBN-13: 9780881928051

Edition: 2000 (Revised)

Authors: Bill Lavarack, Wayne Harris, Geoff Stocker, Phillip Cribb

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Dendrobium is an enormous orchid genus of more than 1000 species native to south Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Oceania. They are highly popular among orchid growers for their beauty and diversity. This study by three plant scientists who are also active orchid growers presents more than 400 of the species, all illustrated with color photographs. Almost all the horticulturally popular species are included, along with some lesser-known but spectacular species recently discovered in the highlands of New Guinea that are likely to become popular in the future.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Dr. Peter Lavarack, known to everyone as 'Bill', gained a PhD degree on numerical taxonomy of orchids. He has worked as a botanist and planner in the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service for almost 30 years and has lead several scientific expeditions to Cape York and Torres Strait for the Australian Orchid Foundation, collecting orchid data. He has compiled management plans for national parks in tropical Queensland and was responsible for drafting legislation for the protection of rare and threatened plants including many orchids. He is the author of two books and about 100 papers, both popular and scientific, mostly on orchids. He lives with his wife Beverley in Townsville.

Dr. Geoff Stocker is a forester by training who has specialised in the ecology and management of tropical forests in north Australia and Papua New Guinea. He also has farming interests on the Atherton Tableland in north Queensland where he and wife Jacquie run beef cattle and have a small nursery specialising in orchid species. He has worked extensively in New Guinea over 30 years and has a detailed knowledge of high altitude orchids on New Guinea.

The Dendrobiinae - an introduction
An introduction to this book
Classification and Nomenclature
Why do names change?
The species concept
The genus
The section
Classification of the Dendrobiinae
Distribution and Origins
Plant geography
New Caledonia and its strange orchids
Why are the Dendrobiinae so diverse?
Theories on the origin of the Dendrobiinae
Traditional Uses
Which Dendrobiinae are threatened?
The threats
The remedies
Biology and Ecology
General distribution
Plant habit
Key biological characteristics
Basic requirements for growing media
Potting materials
Slabs, posts, trees and beds
Other aspects of culture
Artificial Hybrids
Sander's List
History of hybridisation
Compatibility among different sections and related genera
Future trends
The Dendrobiinae
Further Reading