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Bulbophyllums and their allies : a grower's guide
Siegerist, Emly S.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [2001]

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251 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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This is the first book devoted solely to bulbophyllums, a very diverse group of orchids comprising the largest genus in the orchid family; it is an introductory guide for amateur and advanced orchid growers. The author focuses on those species likely to be cultivated, including 375 Bulbophyllum species and 170 related species and hybrids; she gives practical suggestions on how best to grow each plant in cultivation.

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Gardeners who grow orchids may be unfamiliar with bulbophyllums--an extensive genus of epiphytes included in the orchid family; or in many cases they might simply be uninformed. Often perceived as having undesirable form and insignificant flowers, bulbophyllums actually comprise hundreds of appealing plants that deserve to be nurtured alongside more popular specimens. Siegerist sets the record straight with a rigorous survey of bulbophyllum species and hybrids, steering orchid growers away from plants that give off unpleasant scents--another reason for their bad reputation! Siegerist's fascination with the great diversity of these orchids combines with a keen awareness of each plant's endemic growing conditions and cultural requirements, resulting in engagingly written entries that should arouse the curiosity of orchid lovers while providing sensible guidance aimed at helping gardeners choose plants suited both to their ideals and to their practical requirements. --Alice Joyce

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An examination of the 77 beautiful color photographs in this book makes it instantly apparent why the Bulbophyllums and their allies have captured the fancy of orchid enthusiasts. Siegerist's extensive association with the Orchid Herbarium at Harvard University has given her an admirable level of expertise with this group. Of the 2,700 published species, Siegerist focuses on some 500 species and hybrids likely to be cultivated. The book includes an introduction to orchids in general, a brief history of this group, descriptions of species organized by generic sections, growing conditions, data on allied genera, hybrids, and a glossary. As the first book devoted to this group of orchids and because of its diversity in habitat, floral structure, widespread geographic distribution, and other striking characteristics, this book is highly recommended for libraries having a readership interested in orchid cultivation. All levels. L. G. Kavaljian California State University, Sacramento



Orchids constitute one of the largest plant families on Earth. Unless you live in an igloo on an ice floe, native orchids could be growing in your neighborhood. What makes an orchid different from other plants? First, orchids are trimerous, that is, they have three sepals and three petals, and one of the latter is transformed into a labellum, or lip, upon which the pollinator lands. Second, orchids have bilateral symmetry, that is, there is only one plane on which an orchid flower can be dissected to have each half produce a mirror image of the other. (The scientific term for this type of flower is zygomorphic .) Third, orchds have a structure called a column in which all the reproductive parts are located. Orchids can be monopodial or sympodial, that is, they can have one central stem from which all leaves and flowers arise as in Vanda , or they can have a rhizome (an internode between the pseudobulbs) that creeps along the surface of the growing medium and from which the pseudobulbs emerge as in Cattleya . Orchids can be epiphytic, lithophytic, or terrestrial. A few are even subterrestrial, spending their entire life cycle beneath the ground with only a small opening at the surface through which they can be pollinated. The epiphytes are by far the largest group of orchids with the majority of them growing on tree trunks or tree limbs in the jungles. A common bit of misinformation embraced by many people is that an epiphyte is the same as a parasite, which is, of course, not true. An epiphyte uses the host plant merely as a support, not as a source of nourishment. Its nourishment comes from the accumulation of organic matter that is washed down with the rains. The lithophytes grow on rocks, often along roaring streams or on mountain sides, and the terrestrials exist as "normal" plants growing in the ground. Most orchids are warm-growing epiphytes and live in close proxomity to the equator, but even Alaska has some native terrestrial orchids, so there are some that can exist in almost all habitats. At least 2700 species have been published as belonging to the genus Bulbophyllum , giving orchid growers many palnts to choose from for their collection. Photo above: Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann was awarded in April 1986 in New York as Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' AM/AOS. It was exhibited by Rita Cohen of Hewlett, NY. This very well known clone has itself been a most successful parent. Excerpted from Bulbophyllums and Their Allies: A Grower's Guide by Emly S. Siegerist All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Gustavo A. Romero-Gonzalez
Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Chapter 1 The Bulbophyllum Alliancep. 11
Chapter 2 Sections of Bulbophyllump. 17
Chapter 3 Growing Conditionsp. 30
Chapter 4 Bulbophyllums with Two Leaves per Pseudobulbp. 38
Chapter 5 Bulbophyllums with One Leaf per Pseudobulbp. 69
Chapter 6 Bulbophyllums Formerly in the Genus Cirrhopetalump. 149
Chapter 7 Cirrhopetalump. 166
Chapter 8 Llied Generap. 185
Chapter 9 Hybridsp. 213
Conversion Chartp. 219
Glossaryp. 220
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 231
Color photos follow pagep. 160