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Orchid books

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by Dale, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    What's your favorite? Which book do you use the most?

    I started growing orchids in 1970. When there was no internet and a 'dot' was still called a 'period'. My instruction and guidance came from books. It was either buy books or kill an orchid the same price as a book that told me how to grow it.

    My all-time favorite, and most used book, is Hawkes' Encyclopaedia of Cultivated Orchids. Of course, the Baker and Baker books are beyond helpful. I don't have a lot of the Icones, but they're incredibly useful for a specialized collection. I tend to acquire them as I need them. I don't use Orchidiana Philippiniana a lot, but it usually has treatments for Philippine orchids I can't find on the 'net. One of my most favored books is Orchids from Curtis's Botanical Magazine - Sprunger. All fabulous water colors and good for ID's.

    For Floozo..... I love Hillerman's An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar. It's very good for ID's although it's scope is limited. Photos are mediocre, but the diagnostic line drawings more than make up for the photographs if your endeavor is an ID. The new book by Stewart, Hermans, and Campbell is very nice with a lot of pretty good photographs. Written descriptions are good and usually suitable for an ID. Both books should be in the library of any angraecophile.

    So... what's your favorite book, and why?
     
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    I have to confess, since I became interested in orchids as a member of the internet generation, I haven't invested in a real orchid library. While trying to identify a Hapalochilus species, it became clear that I wanted/needed some real orchid lit.

    An incredibly generous orchid friend sent me a copy of Hawkes' Encyclopaedia of Cultivated Orchids. I love paging through it.
     
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    I live Pridgeon, although it's somewhat dated. I use it as a catalog.
     
  4. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I have about 3.5 feet of books. I have the whole Icones collection, and I find the set to be very useful (as Dale mentioned) in a niche kind of way. I reference them more often than any of the other books I own. The detailed line drawings are spectacular, and the detailed information accompanying the descriptions are great reading for both habitat information and physical descriptions.

    As for my favorite browsing books, there are a few. All contain various amounts of information regarding bulbos. The Plants of Mount Kinabalu vol 2, Orchids is a good book for browsing. It has a few line drawings, but they are sparse. The images are color and sharp, so it makes for a decent "browser". Orchids of Borneo, Volume 2 is all about bulbos. It has line drawings, some images, and descriptions. The volume is dedicated to bulbophyllum, so I like it a lot. Orchid Monographs 2, Continental African Bulbophyllinae is pretty detailed on the African bulbos, but the group isn't as exciting as SE Asian bulbos.

    My favorite two books are Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea and The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea. The former contains 150 color plates and 270 detailed descriptions. The latter is really good for line drawings. The individual descriptions are in latin, and there are minimal English descriptions. I could keep going, but I don't really want to write reviews of all of my bulbo books.
     
  5. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    I want your Icones when you die.
     
  6. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    I want his Bulbos.
     
  7. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I ain't gonna kick it before either of you vultures.
     
  8. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    Piss off, Forrest. I get the books, I get the plants. That doesn't seem complicated.
     
  9. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Good thing you quit smoking.
     
  10. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    damnit man. this deal sucks.
     
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    Not for Dale, it doesn't...... :poke:

    In addition to some already mentioned - Hillerman, the Bakers - I always liked Miniature Orchids by Jim & Barbara McQueen. Also Will Rhodehamel's Masdevallia Cultural Guide.
     
  12. Clark

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    Dang Jon I only have 2 feet of orchid books. I think I use Baker and Baker Oncidiums the most.
     
  13. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    I just received the Baker Dendrobium book (oh yea bitches). It is awesome. I have a buddy that is sending me the pleione one.

    Eddie, do you have Ron Parson's book on Masdevallia? If so, how do you compare it to Will's?
     
  14. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    nevermind Eddie, I did some googling. they are different animals. Looks like a nice one.

    btw. if you dont have Rons book you should get it. It is a good one.
     
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    I'm not sure if it's the one you mean but we do have a Masdevallia book by Mary Gerritsen & Ron Parsons. It's an awfully nice book.
     
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    Tracey Interloper

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    I have that one too Eddie. Of course I can't grow anything in it. I just sit there with my beer, droolin' like an idiot :cry:
     
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    That's why I gave up looking at those books.
     
  18. Wendy H

    Wendy H Just me

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    The three that I have and use the most are Encyclopaedia of Cultivated Orchids by Hawkes (I bought this one after Dale recommended it and am glad I did...it offers so much info), The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, vol 1 through 6, by Withner and The Paphiopedilum Grower's Manual by Birk. (this was a gift from Mary Jane a few years ago) As I grow mainly species Cattleyas and multifloral Paphs, both books have been invaluable to me with cultural advice.
     
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    That is the one Eddie.
     
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    I want to find Orchids of Borneo, Volume 2, Jon. where did you find it?