Bulbophyllum of Borneo

By: Vermeulen, Jaap; O'Byrne, Peter & Lamb, Anthony

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Very well illustrated, large thick 8vo, pp viii, 728, a very good copy in dustwrapper. {Very heavy - extra postage will be required}. [Bulbophyllum, with approximately 2000 species, is the second largest genus of flowering plants, and the largest genus of orchids. The species have long been admired for their astonishingly diverse flowers, which are often fantastical or even bizarre. Although they are not as widely cultivated as Dendrobium or Phalaenopsis, they have always held a cult status amongst orchid growers, attracting enthusiasts who specialize in their cultivation. In recent years, their popularity has increased dramatically, and a new industry has emerged, producing hybrid Bulbophyllums for a broader range of non-specialist orchid growers. Bulbophyllum is a pantropical genus, with representatives in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Approximately 1600 species are found in Asia, where New Guinea is the most important centre, with about 700 species, most of which are endemic. Borneo, the third largest island in the world, forms a significant secondary centre of distribution, with 288 known Bulbophyllum species and subspecies, 152 of which are found nowhere else. Most of Borneo is (or was) covered in lowland rainforest, with few high mountain ranges. Until recently (on a geological time-scale) Borneo was connected to Java, Sumatra, and Peninsular Malaysia. Consequently, the Borneo lowland Bulbophyllum flora has a lot in common with these neighbouring territories. The picture changes as you go uphill; there is less overlap and a greater proportion of endemics, until you reach Mount Kinabalu (4095 m), a botanic hotspot with a very high number of endemic plants, 13 of which are Bulbophyllum species. This account is as complete as the authors could make it. There are descriptions of all 288 known Bulbophyllum species and subspecies, of which 18 species and 3 subspecies are described here for the first time. 284 of these species and subspecies are illustrated by line drawings, photographs, or both. The clear, precise line drawings (most of them occupying a full page) will be invaluable to anyone interested in Bulbophyllum species. The photographs were selected from the work of 29 photographers (many of them well known for their orchid photos) who opened their collections to the authors. Amongst these photographs were pictures of 5 unknown Borneo Bulbophyllum species that cannot be described due to lack of a specimen. With such a large number of species, subdividing Bulbophyllum into workable sections has long been a contentious issue, based mostly on the opinions of the botanists involved. The application of DNA technology has hopefully put an end to this, but creating DNA-based sections that also allows the use of morphological characters to determine the correct section remains a work in progress. The sections used in this book follow a combined DNA/morphology-based system proposed by the first author, who intends to publish, in the near future, another book that explains the system.]

Title: Bulbophyllum of Borneo

Author Name: Vermeulen, Jaap; O'Byrne, Peter & Lamb, Anthony

Categories: Orchids,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Kota Kinabalu, 2015

ISBN Number: 9838121568

ISBN Number 13: 9789838121569

Binding: Pictorial laminated boards

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 010215

Keywords: borneo.orchidaceae.