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Old 01-07-2008, 01:10 PM
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Here is a list of the books in our personal library with it expanding all the time.
I was wondering if any of you had some that you found to be either invaluable or just a down right good read.

Orchids Flowers of Romance and Mystery
Abrams
ISBN # 0810902702

Native Ecuadorian Orchids
Volume II: Dresslerella – Lepanthes
Calaway H. Dodson
ISBN# 9978419233

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids
Pridgeon/Morrison
ISBN# 0881922676

Orchids Travel by Air a pictorial Safari
D. Mulder
ISBN# 9090036326

Orchids of Papua New Guinea
Andree Millar
ISBN# 0881924385

The Slipper Orchids
Catherine Cash
ISBN# 0881921831

The Manual of Orchid Species
Bechtel/Cribb/Launert
ISBN# 0262023393

A Passion for Orchids
Jack Kramer
ISBN# 3791326996

The Orchid
Mark Griffiths
ISBN#0810904381

The Complete Practical Guide to Orchids and their Cultivation: Growing Orchids
Brian and Wilma Rittershausen
ISBN# 0681603720

Home Orchid Growing
Fourth Edition
Rebecca Tyson Northern
ISBN# 067176327X

Growing Classic Orchids
Mike Tibbs / Ray Bilton
ISBN# 0806962852

Ortho’s All About Orchids
ISBN# 0897214242

Orchids: Care and Cultivation
Gerald Leroy-Terquem & Jean Parisot
ISBN# 0304343293

Sunset Orchids
Lane publishing
ISBN# 0376035552

Dendrobium and its Relatives
Lavarack/Harris/Stocker
ISBN# 0881924903

Slipper Orchids of Vietnam
Averyanov/Cribb/Ke Loc/Tien Hiep
ISBN# 0881925926

The Cattleyas and their Relatives
Volume I. The Cattleyas
Carl L. Withner
ISBN# 0881920991

The Cattleyas and their Relatives
Volume II. The Laelias
Carl L. Withner
ISBN# 0881921610

The Cattleyas and their Relatives
Volume III. Sckomburgkia, Sophronitis and other South American Genera
Carl L. Withner
ISBN# 0881922692


The Cattleyas and their Relatives
Volume IV. The Bahamian and Carribean Species
Carl L. Withner
ISBN#
0881923443

The Cattleyas and their Relatives
Volume V. Brassavola, Encyclia and other Genera of Mexico and Central America
Carl L. Withner
ISBN# 0881924563

The Cattleyas and their Relatives
Volume VI. The South American Encyclia Species
Carl L. Withner
ISBN# 0881924369

The Cattleyas and their Relatives:
The Debatable Epidendrums
Carl L. Withner and Patricia A. Harding
ISBN#
0881926213

Botanica’s: Orchids
ISBN# 1571457216

Growing Orchids Under Lights
Charles Marden Fitch
AOS Guide

Orchids: A Practical Handbook
B&W Rittershausen
ISBN# 1843092093

Die Orchideen
Richard Dressler
ISBN# 3860474138

Lycaste Orchids: Cultivation and Hybridisation
A.F.W. Alcorn
ISBN# 0646143212

100 Orchids for the American Garderner
Elvin McDonald
ISBN# 0761110712

The Orchid Thief
Susan Orlean
ISBN# 044900371X

Orchid Fever
Eric Hansen
ISBN# 0679451412

The Orchid in Lore and Legend
Luigi Berliocchi
ISBN# 0881924911

A History of the Orchid
Merle A. Reinikka
ISBN# 0881923257

Orchid Pests and Diseases
1995 revised AOS edition

Sarcochilus Orchids of Austrlia
Walter T. Upton
ISBN# 0646097342

Commercial Propagation of Orchids in Tissue Culture: Seed-Flasking Methods, an Illustrated Manual
Kay S. Greisen
ISBN# 0972227008

Fragrant Orchids
Steven A. Frownie
ISBN# 0881927392

African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation
Isobyl & Eric La Croix
ISBN# 0881924059

Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World
Mary E. Gerritsen & Ron Parsons
ISBN# 0881927376


I added the ISBN numbers for easier access to them on the net, just copy and paste the number into your favorite search engine and "Ta Da!"

Please feel free to add to the list as I am of the personal opinion that there is no such thing as "too much" knowledge on any subject, that and I might learn something new.
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Old 01-07-2008, 01:41 PM
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Hi,

I have Bulbophyllums and Their Allies: A Grower's Guide [Illustrated], Masdevallias: Gems of the Orchid World [Illustrated] in shipment, I have Phalaenopsis: A Monograph [Illustrated] by Christenson, Eric A. waiting to be shipped, and currently own Flora's Orchids [ILLUSTRATED] (Hardcover), which I think is very cool. Has many examples of orchids for begginners to get an idea of whats out there. I go back to it all the time.
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I'm doing this from memory since I'm not at home in front of my library.



Phalaenopsis -A monograph- Eric Christienson
the modern day taxonomic authority on phals.

Angraecoid Orchids- Joyce Stewart
an excellent modern review of this group.

Sander's Orchid Guide- from 1927. A very interesting guide to growing and older taxonomy.

I'm forgetting more than a few.....

Cribbs monographs on paphs and cymbidiums...
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Phantasm, how did you find the Phalaenopsis monograph? Is it good? Did you like it? I hope I get mine. Its hard to find the book.
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Phantasm, how did you find the Phalaenopsis monograph? Is it good? Did you like it? I hope I get mine. Its hard to find the book.
I ordered this when it first came out, and even got Eric to sign it...You should be able to find it on the web, perhaps Amazon or other bookseller. The price seems to have increased....
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Old 01-07-2008, 06:11 PM
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I'll second Angreaecoid Orchids by Joyce Stewart!
ISBN: 0-88192-788-0

and Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World by Gerritsen & Parsons
ISBN: 0-88192-737-6

Also Orchids of Kenya by Joyce Stewart
ISBN: 1-873040-28-8

Miniature Orchids by Steven Frowine
ISBN: 0881928364

The Cattleyas and Their Relatives: The Debatable Epidendrums by by Carl L. Withner & Patricia A. Harding
ISBN: 0881926213

Orchids: The Complete Grower's Guide by the Rittershausen's
ISBN: 1870673344
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:08 PM
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Just ordered the Joyce Stewart book as Angraecoids are my thing. Thanks for the reference.
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Here's a few ratings and brief reviews of most of my orchid books. The ratings and notes are based on my personal interest in compiling a list of epiphytic species orchids to grow outdoors year around in nearly frost free climates. Many of the books that didn't rate very high for my purposes would probably be useful for other orchid enthusiasts. If you know of any other books with detailed distribution, elevation range and/or minimum temperature requirements of orchids please let me know!

Botanica's Orchids: Over 1200 Species
Author: Botanica Editors
ISBN: 1571457216
Pages: 608
Date: 2002
Price: $24.95
Species: 1200
Rating: Very good
Notes: Lists zone information for each species as well as temperature requirements… cool, intermediate, warm. Notes minimum cool down to 45F (7C). No easy reference chart.

Flora's Orchids
Author: Isobyl LaCroix
ISBN: 088192721X
Pages: 368
Date: 2005
Price: $41.97
Species: 1500
Rating: Excellent
Notes: Displays whether each species is an epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial and lists temperature requirements… cool, intermediate warm. Interestingly it notes the minimum for the cool temperature down to 39F (4C) which is the coldest minimum temperature I've seen listed for the cool range. Based on orchids that I’ve grown I think it’s a more accurate minimum temperature. Very nice reference chart.

Growing Orchids in Your Garden
Author: Robert G. M. Friend
ISBN: 0881926590
Pages: 220
Date: 2004
Price: $21.86
Species: 500
Rating: Good
Notes: Organized by epiphytes, lithophytes and terrestrials. Includes easy reference chart and basic regional info… Temperate (> 37 degrees latitude) Cooler (between 30 degrees and 37 degrees latitude), Subtropical (Tropic of Capricorn/Cancer to 30 degrees latitude) and Tropical (between Tropic of Capricorn and Cancer).

Native Orchids of Australia
Author: David L. Jones
ISBN: 999517572X
Pages: 480
Date: 1988
Price: $75
Species: 1300
Rating: Excellent
Notes: Organized by terrestrials and epiphytes. Includes elevation range and distribution by state. Also includes some temperature tolerance information for the Genus… whether it should grow in a greenhouse, bushhouse (shade house) or outdoors in frost free locations.

Native Orchids of China in Colour
Author: Singchi Chen
ISBN: 7030069633
Pages: 416
Date: 2007
Price: $85
Species: 403
Rating: Excellent
Notes: Lists whether the species is an epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial and includes elevation range and distribution by province. Map of China included in front and back of the book.

Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance
Author: Charles O. Baker
ISBN: 0881927759
Pages: 992
Date: 2006
Price: $55.97
Species: 1300
Rating: Very excellent
Notes: Precise distribution and climate information. Their Dendrobium book is impossible to find for less than $500 and I have no idea why Timber Press doesn't reprint it. Also, not sure why they haven't published an Orchid Species Culture: Cattleya Alliance book as Mr. Baker already has most of the data. If you'd love to have more of Mr. Baker's books give Timber Press a call and let them know that you are interested in buying more books from Mr. Baker.

Orchids for the South
Author: Jack Kramer
ISBN: 0878338578
Pages: 176
Date: 1994
Price: $29.95
Species: 200
Rating: Poor
Notes: Only lists one epiphytic orchid (Rhyncostylis) in its outdoor growing section.

Orchids of Mexico
Author: Hagsater, Eric
ISBN: 968788908X
Pages: 304
Date: 2006
Price: $129.95
Species: 1200
Rating: Very good
Notes: Beautiful coffee table book but organization is a little difficult. Instead of alphabetically listing the species it lists the species by climate type..ie "Savannahs and Forests of Pinus oocarpa and P. caribaea". Except, it doesn't provide an easy to use list it just names the species in the text. Unfortunately some climate types are distributed throughout the country so it will be difficult to discern latitude and elevation to predict minimum temperatures.

Outdoor Growing Orchids for the Greater Los Angeles Area
Author: Southern California Horticultural Society of Los Angeles
ISBN: 0963811819
Pages: 28
Date: 1997
Price: $6
Species: 250
Rating: Good
Notes: Distribution by country, epiphytic or terrestrial, star system for ease of cultivation

Southern African Epiphytic Orchids
Author: Ball, J.S
ISBN: 0868750018
Pages: 247
Date: 1978
Price: $175
Species: 114
Rating: Excellent
Notes: Out of my collection the only book with an actual distribution map with latitudinal lines. Also lists orchids by region. Missing some elevation data though.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids
Author: Alec Pridgeon
ISBN: 0881928011
Pages: 304
Date: 2006
Price: $19.77
Species: 1100
Rating: Poor
Notes: Doesn't note whether the species is epiphytic or terrestrial, rarely mentions minimum temperatures or elevation information. No easy reference chart.

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Just ordered the Joyce Stewart book as Angraecoids are my thing. Thanks for the reference.
I got Joyce to sign my copy, as she spoke at our local orchid club meeting back in October. This book is mostly a scientific work - really its an encyclopedia of all the orchids in the Angraecoid alliance. Not a lot of specific cultural information, though she does give some of that information interspersed throughout. The photos are outstanding, and as a reference - especially for some of the lesser known species - you can't beat it.

Let me know what you think when your copy arrives?
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I just got my copy of Phalaenopsis A Monograph by E.A. Christenson. I am very happy! The drawings are very descriptive. I'm impressed and can't wait to dig in!
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