Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera in Booklist

The January 1 & 15, 2009, issue of Booklist includes the following review of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera by Peggy Alrich and Wesley Higgins:

“The authors of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera set themselves the task to locate and briefly describe all orchid genus names found in the literature up to 2007. Including genera known only from fossil records, published before Linnaeus, validly published but not accepted, etc., the entries number more than three times the 850 genera recognized today. Following an overview describing the anatomy, physiology, and biology of orchids, the entries for each genus are given a color-coded classification system indicating status of accepted use and other variables. There are publication notes on the name (including variants and misspellings), its etymology, and, when appropriate, the number of species, geographic range, and a brief synopsis of the genus. Each page is embellished with one to six lovely thumbnail illustrations of selected blooms. The last 50 pages provide supplementary information: publication abbreviations, acknowledgments, a glossary, taxonomists, and an illustration index. . . . It is a good value worthy of consideration for any botany and gardening collection.”

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated Dictionary of Orchid Genera in Booklist