• If you have bought, sold or gained information from our Classifieds, please donate to SlipperTalk Forum and give back.

    You can become a Supporting Member or just click here to donate.

I'm looking for comprehensive books on the orchids of the New World

Slippertalk Orchid Forum

Help Support Slippertalk Orchid Forum:

kentuckiense

Debaser
Joined
Jun 8, 2006
Messages
2,103
Reaction score
0
Location
Richmond, VA
As some of you may know, I collect regional orchid floras. One thing I have noticed is that the old world is FAR better covered. For example, I have numerous books covering Europe, Russia, China, and various southeast Asian countries and island nations. Hell, even Bhutan has a massive tome dedicated to it.

With the exception of the United States, Canada, and the Antilles, the new world is extremely poorly characterized. I cannot find any comprehensive treatments of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, etc. Some of the treatments that are available are either impossible to find, prohibitively expensive, or both (The Orchids of Costa Rica and Orchids of Ecuador sets come to mind). Does anyone have any suggestions for books that I have overlooked?

Also, does anyone have Eric Hagsater's book on the orchids of Mexico? It looks like it is the most comprehensive one available for that country.
 
E

etex

Guest
I have Leon Wiard's "An Introduction To The Orchids of Mexico". It's an interesting book. That and my "Wild Orchids of Texas" are my only New World orchid flora books.
I agree that the Old World seems better covered. I have a book on African orchids, and a few on Borneo and on Madagascar.
Hope you find what you are looking for!!
 

Shadow

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2006
Messages
372
Reaction score
0
Location
Ukraine
I have first volume of Vanishing Beauty. Native Costa Rican Orchids. Beautiful photography, but I can't say that info is comprehensive, just an info on the genuses. So, it's rather a very good photo album than a reference book.

Also, I have Native Ecuadorian orchids, which is also have more photos than info. But there are photos of the species that I couldn't find in the Internet.
 

Leo Schordje

wilted blossom
Joined
Aug 22, 2006
Messages
2,475
Reaction score
18
Location
NE Illinois
Bennett and Christianson were working on a Flora of Peru, I believe they were into the 4th or 5th volume when Bennett passed away. Thesaurus Masdevallia is another tome, I have a complete copy for sale, but it is quite pricey. Luer continued the Masdevallia series under a different title, check the Missouri Bot Garden library.
http://www.mobot.org/mobot/archives/default.asp
http://www.illustratedgarden.org/mobot/rarebooks/

There are so many species of New World orchids asking for a single reference is really unrealistic, it would have to cover in the range of 20,000 species give or take a few thousand. Not a task for mere mortals.

Luer, Christiansen, Bennet, Hirt, Dodson, Dalstrom, Atwood, and dozens of others have books that tackle some part of this task.

I really would start at the MoBotGarden Library, also Selby and for that matter Harvard and Cornell libraries to get a sense of what has been written, then maybe narrow it down to a 'practical' list.
 

kentuckiense

Debaser
Joined
Jun 8, 2006
Messages
2,103
Reaction score
0
Location
Richmond, VA
Thanks to everyone for the comments and links. I should clarify that I'm not looking for one comprehensive work for the new world. I'm mainly interested in regional works that are well done and have some pictures. It seems there is a dearth of those for most new world countries. In terms of the USA, I have all the seminal works (Correll, Case, Luer) as well as many smaller-scale works (ie Brown, Coleman, Bentley). It's looking like Hagsater will be my best bet for Mexico. I was just hoping there were some books from the 1970s or 1980s that I was overlooking.
 
L

lienluu

Guest
I can't seem to find it online right now and i don't have the book here, but there's a great book entitled Orchids of Brazil. It's a japanese book, with english translations on one side... Francisco Miranda authored one of the chapters.
 
N

nikv

Guest
I know there is also a Native Orchids of Columbia, although I don't happen to have a copy and I think it's now only available on the secondary (used) market.
 

JeanLux

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2007
Messages
15,561
Reaction score
39
Location
Luxembourg - Europe
I know there is also a Native Orchids of Columbia, although I don't happen to have a copy and I think it's now only available on the secondary (used) market.
Native Colombian Orchids, 4 volumes, Colombian Orchid Society, coord. Rodrigo Escobar R.

really lots of excellent pics in these books!!!! Jean
 

kentuckiense

Debaser
Joined
Jun 8, 2006
Messages
2,103
Reaction score
0
Location
Richmond, VA
Thanks for all the leads! There are certainly more works on the neotropics than I suspected. Unfortunately, most are pretty pricey. However, it's good to know they are out there.
 

JeanLux

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2007
Messages
15,561
Reaction score
39
Location
Luxembourg - Europe
too bad!!! They do not seem to be available as new book anymore !! (would need 5 and 6 to be complete:eek:) Jean
 

Shadow

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2006
Messages
372
Reaction score
0
Location
Ukraine
Yes, it is hard to find... Price depends on how lucky you are, as they are all "used" now. I have 4 and 6. Still looking for 1,2,3,5...
 
Top