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Orchids and their conservation
Koopowitz, Harold.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2001.
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176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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Expert, up-to-date information on orchid biology, ecology, distribution, destruction, and conservation of these threatened treasures of the plant kingdom.

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Booklist Review

Imagine a world where an elegant Phalaenopsis orchid no longer graces a classic floral arrangement or where a lavish Dendrobium ceases to be the quintessential corsage. Koopowitz, an editor for Orchid Digest and a prolific publisher of scientific papers on orchids and plant extinction, has; and his outrage over the present loss and potential extinction of these rare and luxuriant tropical beauties is palpably passionate yet professorially pragmatic. Compiling current thinking on such diverse topics as orchid destruction and conservation, Koopowitz has produced the definitive treatise on the ecology of this, the largest family of flowering plants. Mired in both lore and legend, orchids owe their current endangered state less to overzealous harvesting than to tropical deforestation and a worldwide overreliance on chemical insecticides that threaten plant pollinators. Koopowitz encourages readers to understand orchids and their ecological role in the hope that such knowledge will encourage support of urgent conservation efforts. --Carol Haggas

Library Journal Review

The insatiable demand for exotic new species of the charismatic and horticulturally desirable orchid has resulted in its overcollection and endangerment in natural habitats. Koopowitz (Univ. of California, Irvine), a leading orchid horticulturist and conservation biologist and also associate editor of Orchid Digest, seeks to educate orchid growers, as well as the general public, on the need to protect orchid species. The first part of this book includes a comprehensive overview of orchid botany, ecology, and ethnobotany perhaps the most thorough treatment of this particular topic in orchid literature. The remainder is devoted to specific strategies for conserving orchids, with an emphasis on ex situ methods (e.g., commercial propagation and cultivation in private and public collections). Updating H.W. Pritchard's Modern Methods of Orchid Conservation (1990), this volume is highly recommended for public and academic libraries and is a requisite for all horticultural libraries. Brian Lym, City Coll. of San Francisco Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Koopowitz (Univ. of California at Irvine) is a recognized orchid expert and coauthor (with Hilary Kaye) of Plant Extinction (CH, Jul'83). He chose orchids to represent a model that allows one to understand events that threaten general biodiversity. A sobering statement in the introductory chapter indicates that as each plant species reaches extinction, a large number of animals, 32 on average, also disappear. Successive chapters describe what orchids are, their ecology, forests and deforestation, the continuing need for orchid species, orchids and ethnobotany, conservation both in situ and ex situ, discussions on the relationship between orchids and the international treaty known as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the amateur's role in orchid conservation, commercialism and conservation, orchids in peril, and an intriguing chapter entitled "Going, Going ... Gone?" Many color photographs are used to illuminate the discussions. Extensive bibliography; list of books recommended for reading. The book's message of active conservation participation is of the highest importance, and the author uses orchids, one of the major hobby plant groups, to help in making this very significant point. Highly recommended for all libraries. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. L. G. Kavaljian California State University, Sacramento

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 4
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 5
Chapter 2 What are Orchids?p. 10
Chapter 3 Orchids and their Ecologyp. 21
Chapter 4 Forests and Deforestationp. 33
Chapter 5 The Continuing Need for Orchid Speciesp. 52
Chapter 6 Orchids and Ethnobotanyp. 66
Chapter 7 In Situ Conservationp. 78
Chapter 8 Ex Situ Conservationp. 92
Chapter 9 CITES and Orchidsp. 103
Chapter 10 Paphiopedilums and CITESp. 114
Chapter 11 The Amateur's Role in Orchid Conservationp. 127
Chapter 12 Conservation and Commercialismp. 135
Chapter 13 Orchids in Perilp. 145
Chapter 14 Going, Going ... Gone?p. 158
Chapter 15 Last Wordsp. 167
Bibliographyp. 171
Recommended readingp. 174
Indexp. 175