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Rare and Exotic Orchids

Their Nature and Cultural Significance

Authors: Schiff, Joel

  • Embraces a multidisciplinary approach to explain how and why international cultures past and present revere these flowers 
  • Features stunning, high quality images of exotic orchids, many of which do not appear in other orchid books
  • Discusses the latest DNA research on orchids and their deceptive evolutionary behaviors
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About this book

Comprising some 28,000 different species, orchids are by far the largest flowering plant family on Earth. Every year, new species are being uncovered in the wild or created by humans, and so this number has only continued to blossom. 
This book is intended for those who wish to learn about the multifaceted nature of this amazing plant. It covers many different aspects of orchid study, from its cultural history to its evolutionary development and from its first discoveries to ongoing scientific research. No matter your specialty or level of orchid expertise, you can find in this book new and fascinating facts and stories that will make you gasp, laugh, and read on. Through the many exotic and beautiful pictures permeating these pages, you will come to know something of the infinite diversity of this plant family and at last learn why so many orchid growers and fanatics have embarked on this same endless path.

“I was smitten with this book after reading the very first chapter on the history of Orchids...There are plenty of interesting facts to charm your orchid friends and impress even the most studied researcher… All in all a fabulous read that is well illustrated and with a reference section the likes of which I have never seen before with its vast and varied appendices on a slew of subjects. If you are looking for a book that is engaging and educational with lots of good humor thrown in, then this book is for you. I know that I will treasure my copy for years to come.”
 -- Laura Newton, American Orchid Society Awards Registrar and Accredited Judge, ORCHIDS Magazine (May, 2018)

"Joel L. Schiff brings to life not just the science surrounding orchids, but the human process of recognizing, cataloging, and appreciating them...It's this approach, combined with lovely close-up color photos throughout, which makes Rare and Exotic Orchids a recommendation not just for professionals or botany libraries, but for general-interest readers who will enjoy a highly accessible study that invites an in-depth interest in orchids and their importance to human affairs."-- Diane Donovan’s Pick of the Month (April, 2018)

About the authors

Joel L. Schiff was born in Chicago and has a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He spent his career at the University of Auckland and has written three books on various mathematical subjects (published by Springer-Verlag and John Wiley & Sons). He has also been a successful part-time asteroid hunter and was the founder and publisher of an international journal on Meteorites, for which he was awarded the 2012 Service Award from the International Meteoritical Society. 
Having a life-long interest in art, Schiff is also an artist who paints in oils and in 2014 had a book published about the New Zealand/Australian/British artist, Grace Joel. Research led him to discover Marie Bashkirtseff, one of the most fascinating individuals of the 19th century, about whom his next book (2016) was published.

Reviews

“WHAT A WONDERFUL book through and through: plenty of interesting background notes and chockful of fun facts! The author’s writing style reads like a novel. … If you are looking for a book that is engaging and educational with lots of good humor thrown in, buy this book. I know that I will treasure my copy for years to come.” (Laura Newton, ORCHIDS, May, 2018)

“Orchid aficionados will find Rare and Exotic Orchids's different approach eschews the more common attempt to classify and cover thousands of species in favor of a more concentrated profile of selected exotics which represent some of the rarest plants on Earth. … a recommendation not just for professionals or botany libraries, but for general interest readers who will enjoy a highly accessible study that invites an in-depth interest in orchids and their importance to human affairs.” (California Bookwatch, Vol. 13 (5), May, 2018)

“ … All in all a fabulous read that is well illustrated and with a reference section the likes of which I have never seen before with its vast and varied appendices on a slew of subjects. If you are looking for a book that is engaging and educational with lots of good humor thrown in, then this book is for you. I know that I will treasure my copy for years to come.” (Laura Newton, ORCHIDS, May, 2018)
“The pleasure in Rare & Exotic Orchids lies in its ability to reach into general-interest audiences with little prior background in botany or orchids. … The result creates a lively blend of history on the discoveries of new exotic orchids and how individual plants captured different hearts and minds to early explorers and scientific insights, supported by lovely color photos throughout, that will attract even casual orchid fans or newcomers to the topic.” (Donovan's Bookshelf, April, 2018)

“Joel L. Schiff brings to life not just the science surrounding orchids, but the human process of recognizing, cataloging, and appreciating them...It's this approach, combined with lovely close-up color photos throughout, which makes Rare and Exotic Orchids a recommendation not just for professionals or botany libraries, but for general-interest readers who will enjoy a highly accessible study that invites an in-depth interest in orchids and their importance to human affairs.” (Donovan’s Bookshelf, Pick of the Month, April, 2018)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • History of Orchids

    Schiff, Joel L.

    Pages 1-27

  • What Are Orchids?

    Schiff, Joel L.

    Pages 29-50

  • Exotic Appearance

    Schiff, Joel L.

    Pages 51-90

  • Deviant Sex

    Schiff, Joel L.

    Pages 91-101

  • On the Scent

    Schiff, Joel L.

    Pages 103-115

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70034-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $39.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70033-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rare and Exotic Orchids
Book Subtitle
Their Nature and Cultural Significance
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70034-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70034-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70033-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 186
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 195 illustrations in colour
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