Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels - Volume I.
Karremans Lok, Adam Philip
Vieira Uribe, Sebastian
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Subtribe Pleurothallidinae is the largest and one of the most recently and intensely diversified groups in the Orchidaceae family. Estimates suggest that with a whopping 5500 species recognized today, pleurothallids represent about one fifth of all known orchids. They are endemic to the tropical forests of the new world, being one of its major floristic components. Those who have had the pleasure to set foot in a neotropical cloud forest have probably been amazed by the overwhelming diversity of Pleurothallidinae, both species and genera, that a single site can host. “Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels” is a tribute to the beauty and comlpexity of the most specious group of orchids on Earth. The unparalleled diversity of pleurothallids is showcased through color photographs here for the first time. This comprehensive treatment incorporates the most up-to-date classification of the subtribe, its genera and species, and is richly complemented by notes on taxonomy, morphology, distribution, ecology and pollination. Each volume includes a general introduction followed by specific generic treatments. This first volume features about 500 different species, across 17 of the 44 pleurothallid genera. It is generously illustrated with more than one thousand color photographs covering phylogenetic, morphological, ecological and geographical variation as best as possible. With an average of two thirds of the species in each genus featured, “Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels” is an essential guide for anyone interested in Pleurothalliidinae, from the avid hobbyist to the highly specialized professional. This book is the physical expression of a decade of collecting, photographing and studying Pleurothallidinae by the authors. It has only been made possible thanks to the joint efforts of researchers and growers belonging to the pleurothallid community worldwide.
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