DENDROBIUM BOOK
Dendrobium Orchids
by Bill Lavarak, Wayne Harris and Geoff Stocker

Dendrobiums generally have not been well studied, significantly due to the size of the genus, broad geographic spread of natural habitats, and number of species involved. 

This new publication is a major step forward to the understanding of this plant group. I am sure not everyone will agree with all of what they say, as the authors themselves note that they did not all agree at times, but it does bring together a wide range of information the total genus (and associated plant groupings) and provide information on, AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF, a large number of species. - 411 in total out of some 1200 species in the wider genus overall. . 

The review of the genus has enabled the Sections to be updated, and the validity of species in each section to be reviewed. In addition to the excellent colour photographs of each species, brief species specific cultural information is provided. This information will be invaluable, especially for the less known species, and there are quite a few of these!.

The books introductory chapters cover classification and nomenclature,  distribution and origins, traditional uses, conservation, biology and ecology and artificial hybrids.  There is also a full chapter which, when read with the notes on the culture of individual species, provides a wealth of information on the successful growing of these orchids, which is all practically based.

The book retails in New Zealand for around $80.  In terms of much recent orchid publication, this represents excellent value for money, and accordingly the publication has my highest recommendation. 

It is targeted at the advanced amateur, but even those with just a few dendrobiums will find a mine of useful information in this Australian book, written by three Queenslanders.


Published by Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd 2000

ISBN 962 593 871 0

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