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A Review of Allium sect. Allium. by Brian Mathew. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1996. The section Allium of the large genus Allium includes the economical;ly important garlic (Allium sativum) and leek (Allium porrum), as well as their wild relatives. This book, based on a project funded by the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources, includes descriptions of the 114 species recognised in the section. There is a key to the species, and separate sections dealing with chromosome numbers( by M. Johnson), anatomy (by M.Gregory) and flavonoid content (by J.B.Harborne). Many of the species are illustrated by colour photographs. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 947643 93 1 $56.00


A Revision of the Genus Mapania. by D.A. Simpson. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1992. The members of the genus Mapania are sedges of the tropical rain-forest. Sparse material and superficial similarities between species have hampered progress with their taxonomy until recently. This account provides a general introduction to the taxonomy of the genus, including a cladistic analysis. Each species is fully described and a list of specimens provided. vi + 189 pp. Line & half-tone illustrations. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 947643 53 2 $36.00


A Field Guide to the Rattans of Lao PDR. December 2001. Tom D Evans. A practical, pocket-sized field guide to all the species of rattans (climbing palms) in Lao PDR and neighbouring parts of Indochina .  In total 51 species are described, 31 in detail with colour photographs, distribution maps and detailed drawings to aid identification.  Additional sections cover planting, cultivation and the collection and preservation of herbarium specimens.  This is an indispensable source of information for collectors, and for all those interested in the commercial exploitation of rattans and their conservation. 96pp. Softcover. $40.00

Bamboos of Bhutan. C. Stapleton. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1994. An identification guide, illustrated with line drawings, with descriptions, and notes on distribution, ecology, uses and propagation. Published for the Overseas Development Administration and the Forestry Research Programme, University of Oxford. 66 pp. ISBN 0 947643 67 2. $20.00

Cultivated Races of Sorghum. by J.D. Snowden. Kew: Bentham-Moxon Trust, 1936. 274 pp. Illustrated. Paperback. $24.00

Desert Date and its Relatives. A revision of the genus Balanites. Kew Bulletin vol. 56, number 1. Martin Sands. 06/2001. This is a taxonomic treatment of this genus, including keys, descriptions, distribution, etc. 128pp. 15 line figures and 10 distribution maps. Paperback. ISBN 1 84246 028 5. $30.00

Guide to Bamboos Grown in Britain. by C.S. Chao. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1989. Descriptions and keys to 14 genera and 70 species, varieties and forms grown in Britain. 47 pp. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 947643 17 6 $20.00

Genera Graminum - Grasses of the World. by W.D. Clayton & S.A. Renvoize. London: HMSO, 1986. (Kew Bulletin Additional Series XIII). 389 pp. 24 line drawings. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 11 250006 4 $84.00

The Grasses of Bahia. by S.A. Renvoize. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1984. 301 pp. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 947643 00 1 $20.00

gramineas.jpg (9555 bytes)Gramineas de Bolivia. Renvoize, SA. 1998.  in Spanish! contents include, new species, names, combination, ecology, phytogeography, keys to genera, descriptions of species, index of scientific names. 642 pp, 148 line figure plates. paperback.ISBN 1-900347-38-5. $104.00

Hatschbach's Paraná Grasses. by S.A. Renvoize. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1988. 76 pp. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 947643 06 0 $22.00

Revision of the Genus Hyparrhenia. by W.D. Clayton. London: HMSO, 1969. (Kew Bulletin Additional Series II). 196 pp. 35 illustrations and 15 maps. Paperback. ISBN 11 240999 7 $24.00

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Ophrys: The Bee Orchids of Europe. H.A. Pedersen & N. Faurholdt. 2007. The genus Ophrys constitutes one of the most diverse and biologically fascinating groups of plants to be encountered in Europe, particularly the Mediterranean. This book offers an easy to use, comprehensive, introduction to the genus, throughout its European range, It can be used as a field guide, with keys, descriptions and numerous colour photographs, as well as a standard reference, with chapters on structure, biology, evoltuion and conservation. The classification is based on a broad species concept, offering an alternative to the finely split classifications of the genus that prevail in most recent field guides. Notes on hardy orchid cultivation, by Richard L. Manuel, and a chapter of ideas for field trips, complete the picture. 297pp. 234 x 156 mm. 226 col. photos. Line drawings. Distribution maps. Flexicover. ISBN 978 1 84246 152 5 $66.00

The Genus Cymbidium. David Du Puy & Phillip Cribb. Due January 2008. Cymbidiums are among the most important and popular orchids in horticulture. Starting in late Victorian England, the variety of form and colour in the species encouraged hybridisation that has provided a great diversity of novelties for the nursery trade over the years. They are versatile plants, marketed as cut-flowers, buttonholes and as pot plants, producing many large, long-lasting flowers. Cymbidium growing in the Far East can be traced back to the time of Confucius (about 500 BC), but the first species were only introduced to Europe and China at the end of the 18th century. Relatively few species were seen in cultivation in Britain until the time of the Industrial Revolution, which provided both the leisure time and the money for an explosion of interest in orchid growing. From the mid-19th century onwards, extensive exploration and collection of new species took place. The genus Cymbidium currently comprises some 52 species distributed throughout south and east Asia, the Malay Archipelago and north and east Australia.

A revised classification of the genus and an assessment of specific delimitation and nomenclature within the genus are presented in this monograph. The evidence from DNA data has clarified the relationships and classification of the species. The resurgence of interest in Cymbidium species has highlighted the taxonomic questions that still remain in the genus. The recent rush of new species names in the literature is assessed and nomenclature is clarified. Extensive fieldwork in tropical and subtropical Asia, the Malay Archipelago and Australia has allowed the examination of many species in their wild habitats, contributing valuable information concerning the ecology, natural variation of wild populations and conservation assessments for Cymbidium species, and are provided here for the first time. Cymbidiums are easy to grow, undoubtedly one of the main reasons for their popularity in horticulture. Suitable environmental conditions and composts for cultivation are recommended, while detailed cultivation techniques for the species are discussed by Michael Tibbs, a leading commercial orchid grower. ISBN: 978 1 84246 147 1. 369 pp., over 200 maps, line drawings, color photographs and 38 full color paintings. Hardcover. $95.00

Orchids of Madagascar. 2nd Edition. Johan and Clare Hermans, David Du Puy, Philip Cribb and Jean Bosser. 2007.
Almost 1000 orchid species comprise 10% of Madagascar’s higher plant diversity; a remarkable 85% of these unique to the island. Madagascar’s orchids are highly desirable for their beauty and strangeness, and many now are under enormous threat from deforestation and industrialization. The new edition of the classic Orchids of Madagascar now illustrates over 250 orchids, and line drawings of new species are added in an appendix. Almost 100 changes to nomenclature are included and species descriptive notes extended to provide a wealth of information on distribution, habitat and flowering times. All the most essential references are included in the bibliography, with new entries accompanied by concise annotations. This is still the one essential book for botanist, orchid enthusiast, ecologist, environmentalist and field worker who need to have the complete picture on Madagascar’s orchid flora. ISBN: 9781842461334. 464 pp. Hardcover. $150.00

Growing Orchids from Seed. Philip Seaton & Margaret Ramsay. 2005.  Written for the amateur and the professional without access to sophisticated laboratory equipment and chemicals, 'Growing Orchids from Seed' contains all you need to know to become an expert! Careful guidelines are given for buying and making equipment, pollinating orchid flowers, harvesting and storing seed, successful germination, transplanting seedlings, and growing them on to healthy plants. 88pp. 193x240mm. Fully illustrated in colour. Landscape format hardback. ISBN 1 84246 091 1. $20.00

Orchid Conservation. K. Dixon, S. Kell, R. Barrett & P. Cribb. 2003. Thirty-five of the world's most eminent orchid scientists and conservationists have collaborated to explain how orchid conservation is achievable, and how depleted orchid populations can be rebuilt, monitored and protected for future generations. This book is illustrated throughout and covers threats to conservation, orchid taxonomy and genetics, population biology, education and much more. 433pp. 255 x 185mm. Hardback, with jacket. ISBN 983 812 078 2. $90.00 being reprinted

Slipper Orchids of Vietnam - with an Introduction to the Flora of Vietnam.  Leonid Averyanov, Phillip Cribb, Phan Ke Loc and Nguyen Tien Hiep. 2003. An excellent new study in which the geology, climate and vegetation of Vietnam are explored specifically in relation to the Paphiopedilum species known to grow there. The main text provides comprehensive accounts of the history, nomenclature, and relationships of each of the 22 species and natural hybrids found within the country, as well as providingthe first detailed accounts of their habitats, biology and ecology. The book is most attracively illustrated, with 217 figures, many of which are colour photographs. 308 pages. Colour photographs. Line drawings. Distribution maps. Hardback, with dust jacket. ISBN 1 84246 047 1. $74.00  

Corybas West of Wallace's Line. by John Dransfield et al. London: HMSO, 1986. A synopsis of the 33 taxa of the genus Corybas, or 'helmet' orchids recorded in Asia and Western Malesia, reprinted from Kew Bulletin 41(3). 38 pp, incl. 6 colour plates & 15 illustrations. Paperback. $22.00

Dendrochilum of Borneo. Jeffrey J Wood. 2001. Dendrochilums are a conspicuous element of the lower montane forest environment in Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines. Of the estimated 263 species in the genus, 81 (87 including subspecies and varieties) are currently recognized from Borneo. This volume provides keys, detailed descriptions, distributional and habitat notes, and line illustrations of all the species native to the island. Morphology, phylogenetics, ecology, biogeography and endemism are discussed in detail; 24 colour plates depict 54 taxa. Hard bound. 254mm by 184mm, 388pp. ISBN 983 812 047 2. $108.00

Genus Paphiopedilum. 2nd edition. Phillip Cribb. 1998. In this revised account, the author has synthesized the recent evidence to produce a classification of the genus that is first and foremost usable, and also consistent with the evidence available. Chapters on the hybridization, cultivation (by Michael Tibbs), and conservation are also included. Each species treatment has a detailed description including line figures, color plates, distribution map, original citations, synonymy and natural history notes. 427 pp. completely illustrated, hard cover, ISBN 983-812-023-5  $110.00 being reprinted

The Genus Cypripedium. A welcome reprint of this important monograph on the temperate slipper orchids by distinguished author, Phillip Cribb. The text covers their history, biology, evolution, conservation, cultivation and classification, is taxonomically arranged, and is enhanced by a series of 27 superb colour paintings by Kew botanical artists. 301pp. 27 color plates. 98 col. photos. 51 line drawings. Hardback, with dust-wrapper. ISBN 0 88192 403 2. $120.00  

Genus Coelogyne. A Synopsis. Dudley Clayton. 2002. This account attempts to summarize all of the available information on the genus. The author re-assesses sectional limits, and provides keys to the sections, species and infraspecific taxa. Distribution maps are provided for each section. He also provides a comprehensive account of each species that includes a full description, distribution, habitat, altitudinal range, flowering time and taxonomic notes. Most of the species are illustrated by one or more color photographs and a black-and-white line drawing of the lip, a critical feature in the genus, is provided for almost every species. Hardcover, x + 315 pp. ISBN 9838120480  $84.00

The Genus Pleione. P Cribb and I Butterfield. due 1999. Pleiones, popularly called ‘Napalese crocuses’, or ‘window-sill orchids’ are amongst the easiest orchids to grow. In recent years this delightful genus has undergone a remarkable resurgence, with the introduction of new species and spectacular hybrids, and a new-found place in alpine gardens. Written by Philip Cribb, Curator of the Orchid Herbarium at Kew, and Ian Butterfield, a nurseryman awarded Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show for his work in breeding, raising and displaying pleonies, this is the first fully comprehensive account of their biology, classification and cultivation. A comprehensive listing of hybrids registered to date is provided, together with a cultivation calendar which experienced growers and novices will find invaluable. Highly authoritative, richly illustrated and printed in full colour throughout The Genus Pleione is a book professional botanists, orchid growers and alpine gardeners should not be without. x + 165pp. 254 x 184mm. hard cover + dust jacket. ISBN 983 812 022 7. $66.00

Field Guide to Ethiopian orchids. Sebsebe Demissew, Phillip Cribb and Finn Rasmussen2004. Ethiopia's 169 species of orchids are still poorly understood, and many are rare and most are terrestrial growing in grasslands and woodlands. And the 27 epiphytic species are particularly threatened by widespread felling of Ethiopia’s remaining woodlands and forest. Authoritative and practical Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids highlights the importance of orchids in plant conservation and how the creation of protected orchid-rich habitats can safeguard other plants and animals in those places. Nearly all species are illustrated in colour with distribution maps, line drawings and keys to aid identification. Detailed descriptions provide invaluable information on habitat and conservation status, and introductory chapters cover geography, geology, climate and vegetation types. 304pp. 215 x 124mm. Flexi cover. ISBN 1-84246-071-4. $60.00

Orchids of Sarawak. Teofila E Beaman, Jeffrey J Wood, Reed S Beaman and John H Beaman. 2001. Orchids of Sarawak includes records of all orchids known to have been collected in Sarawak over the past nearly 160 years since the first scientific collections were made there by Hugh Low. Some 7000 permanently preserved specimens provide the basis for the enumeration of over 1000 species in 120 genera now known to occur naturally in the State. About 340 species have been added to the previously known orchid flora of Sarawak. Among the orchids listed are 127 known only from this area, and 302 additional species that have been found only in Borneo. On the basis of the IUCN Red List categories 74 orchids are classified as critically endangered, 39 as endangered and 13 as vulnerable in Sarawak. Over 250 colour photographs and line drawings lavishly illustrate the text. ISBN 983 812 045 6. Hard bound. 254mm by 184mm, 600pp. $132.00 

Orchids of Sumatra.  J B Comber. 2001. This book recognizes 139 genera and 1118 species of orchids occurring in Sumatra and its surrounding islands. Each species is completely described, with technical terms avoided as much as possible. The comprehensive account includes 664 colour photographs, mostly taken of plants growing in the wild. They have been placed close to the descriptions, to facilitate identification. The photographs are supplemented with 70 line drawings. Details of the ecology and altitudinal ranges are provided and these will be particularly useful to orchid growers. ISBN 1 84246 027 7. Hard bound. 254mm by 184mm, 1036pp. $190.00 

Orchids of Borneo

A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo. by J.J. Wood & P.J. Cribb. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1994. A checklist of all the known species of orchids occurring in the whole island of Borneo, with accepted names, place and author of publication, and notes on habitat and distribution. Several new species are described. Many species are illustrated in colour or by line drawings. xii + 409 pp. Many line & colour illustrations. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 947643 59 1 $70.00

Orchids of Vanuatu. by B.A. Lewis & P.J. Cribb. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1989. The first comprehensive account of the orchids of the S.W. Pacific archipelago formerly known as the New Hebrides. 158 spp. are recognized. 38 colour photos in 8 plates and 31 full page line drawings by Sue Wickison. 171 pp. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 94764316 8 $30.00

Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville. by B.A. Lewis & P.J. Cribb. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1991. A comprehensive account of the orchids of this Pacific Island group. 285 specimens are recognized; 95 colour photos in 16 plates and 80 full page line drawings by Sue Wickison. ix + 335 pp. Soft Cover. ISBN 0 947643 27 3 $58.00

Orchids of Java. by J.B. Comber. Kew: Bentham-Moxon Trust, 1990. An account of all the orchids (130 genera, 731 species) known to occur wild in this most important island of Indonesia. Many of the species are illustrated in colour. vi + 407 pp. Hard Cover. ISBN 0 947643 21 4 $60.00

Orchids of Samoa. by P. Cribb & W.A. Whistler. 1996. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens. This orchid flora, comprising 101 species in 47 genera, has strong affinities with those of neighboring islands, particularly with New Guinea. This account is the first since that by Schlechter in 1911. Introductory sections deal with the the geography, vegetation and botanical exploration of the islands, and with the structure of orchids. There is a key to the genera, and keys to the species within each genus. 27 species are illustrated by line drawings, and there are 24 pages of colour photographs of 81 species. This is a detailed guide, including keys, descriptions, synonymy, distribution, habitat, and collections. vii + 144 pp. many line figures and 24 color plates. softcover. $38.00

Slipper Orchids of Borneo. P J Cribb.  Slipper orchids, of the genus Paphiopedilum, rank with the pitcher plants as some of Borneo's most spectacular plants. Sadly, many are now rare in the wild, and threatened with extinction - and we still know very little about them. In this book the history, taxonomy, distribution and biology of these extraordinary plants are described. The text is illustrated throughout, almost entirely in colour, with all the species described being pictured. x + 120pp. 215 x 152mm. Paperback. ISBN 983 812 018 9. $30.00

The Plants of Mount Kinabalu. 2. Orchids. by J.J. Wood, R.S. Beaman & J.H. Beaman. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 1993. Mount Kinabalu, in Sabah, Malaysia, is an isolated mountain with a known orchid flora comprising 686 species in 121 genera. All are described in this work, including several species new to science, and many are illustrated either in colour or by line drawings. Keys are provided for identification. The book will allow the many visitors to the mountain to name the orchids they see and will, it is hoped, assist in the conservation of this extremely rich site for future generations. xii + 411 pp. 84 colour plates & 51 line illustrations. Soft cover. ISBN 0 947643 46 X $70.00


Palms of Madagascar. by John Dransfield & Henk Beentje. Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens and the International Palm Society, 1995. For the first time ever all the known palms of Madagascar are described in English. 176 species are treated, including 70 species previously unknown to science and described for the first time. This large format book is profusely illustrated with colour photographs of palms in their natural habitat and with line drawings prepared by leading botanical illustrators Rosemary Wise and Margaret Tebbs. As well as full descriptions and synonymy, there are also extensive notes on habitat, uses, local names and conservation status. 520 pp. 209 colour photographs; 185 line drawings; 172 maps. Hard cover (boxed). ISBN 0 947643 82 6 $110.00  out of print, one copy left

A Revision of Phoenix. S. Barrow. 1999. Reprinted from Kew Bulletin Vol. 53, part 3. 1998. A new monograph of this genus of well-know palms, including the date palm, Phoenix dactylifora, based on morphology, lamina anatomy and DNA analysis. 61pp. 245 x 170mm. soft cover. ISBN 1 900347 63 6. $24.00

World Checklist of Palms. Rafael Govaerts and John Dransfield. 2005. The palm family, considered to be second only to the grasses among monocotyledonous plants of economic importance, is of immense significance to man, especially among rural communities in the tropics, where wild palms are intensively utilised. The 'World Checklist of Palms' is the unique resource that lists all validly published names of palms, providing the source of their publication and indication of which names are currently accepted and which are synonyms. Geographical distribution is also included for all accepted species. 235pp. 155mm x 235mm. Paperback. ISBN 1 84246 084 6. $34.00  


The Genus Roscoea. Jill Crowley. 2007. Roscoeas, native to the Himalayas, Burma and China, are striking orchid-like hardy gingers and one of the outstanding gems of the plant world. Written with passion and enthusiasm, this is an accessible and comprehensive book, whether you are a gardener, grower or botanist. All twenty known species are described in detail – their structure, form, nomenclature, history, synonyms, habitat and distribution, and many of the various colour forms are illustrated for the first time. Additional chapters cover the history of Roscoea, their morphology, ecology and conservation. The hands-on aspect of cultivation in the garden is dealt with by Richard Wilford, Kew’s Alpines and Herbaceous Collection Manager, and Roland Bream, keeper of the national Roscoea collection in the UK, gives an up-to-date account of the species, cultivars and hybrids in cultivation. The author has included a biography of William Roscoe, the man who gave his name to the genus, and has augmented the text with an extensive bibliography. Twenty exquisite full page paintings, 17 by the esteemed artist Christabel King, 29 maps and 94 colour photographs illustrate the text. 198pp. 246 x 190mm. 20 col. paintings. 94 col. photos. 29 distrib. maps. Hardback. ISBN 9781842461341. $66.00

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