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Flora's Orchids Hardcover – 15 Oct 2005

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"The book offers substance as well as style."--Janet A.--Janet A. Crum "Library Journal "

About the Author

Ned Nash is currently the director of education and conservation at the American Orchid Society and is an AOS-Accredited Judge. Isobyl La Croix studied Botany at Edinburgh University and is now editor of The Orchid Review. She now lives with her family in northwest Scotland.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x88f3e3d8) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8948e7ec) out of 5 stars A magnificent book 2 Oct. 2005
By Just a Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Not only a magnificent book, but also a very useful update (and a replacement) to the out of date Encyclopaedia of Cultivated Orchids (Alex Hawkes), as well as more encyclopedic than Home Orchid Growing (Rebecca Northern) and far better photographed than my old edition of The Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species (Bechtel, Cribb, Launert), or similar texts on highly specific orchid plants such as the various (equally wonderful) books on Vandas and Catasetums. The few 'errata' that I've seen (a misclassified Nobile dendrobium hybrid, a flipped picture) and a handful of different hybrid names that I've never heard of (Kunthara vs. Burrageara) are minor. Exquisite pictures, readable text (without resorting to too much botanical jargon), beautifully laid out, this is a real joy to add to anyone's orchid library.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88ee3fa8) out of 5 stars Bulky but good 4 Jan. 2007
By E. J. Baenziger - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The style of this encyclopedia is quite pleasing and the colors are spectacular. I have two comments, however. First, the book is very heavy, unwieldy for a reference book. The second remark refers to the choice of clones, especially hybrids, that seems limited to the photographs on hand, leaving many interesting primary hybrids out to the advantage of many (too many) hybrids that are difficult to find, and, in many cases, not very interesting. The book would have been better if it limited itself to species, many of which are missing (e.g. about 15 Cattleya species)or to primary hybrids. Obviously a commercial choice of "pretty pictures" without much information, like parents... Additionally, botanicals are very sparse, although many orchidists are looking for information on them.

In other words, a hybrid book for non-experts, which must be supplemented by many other sources to be truly useful.

What species are there are well done.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ca0c390) out of 5 stars a LOT of information 30 Sept. 2007
By Patrick PK - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book truly contains a LOT of information. The pics are beautiful! The info is also for those of us who have serios orchitis and are past the beginner's inflamation stage... Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c97c294) out of 5 stars Great Book 9 Jan. 2007
By Fred F. Harmon IV - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my mother who is an Orchid nutbag. She was absolutely amazed at the book and how many amazing pictures there were in it. She said it's so big and has so much information that it will take her months to get through all of it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c8f3c30) out of 5 stars Definitive Orchid work. 10 Sept. 2008
By Chance A. Dunlap - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A must have for any serious orchid enthusiast. Not a technical manual, but a wealth of photographic and species information. A must have. A very worthy investment, and as beautiful as any I have ever seen.
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