A History of the Orchid


An engaging account of humanity’s growing fascination with orchids from ancient times onward, together with a biographical gallery of 50 great scientists, naturalists, and explorers who contributed to our knowledge of orchids. The nomenclature and bibliography have been updated for this edition.

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About the Author

Merle A. Reinikka is a former editor of theĀ American Orchid Society Bulletin. Over a period of years he carefully sorted through archival materials, cross-referenced bibliographies, and studied early herbals, journals, periodicals, pamphlets, and papers at the Botanical Museum of Harvard University. With this wealth of information he completed this fascinating and comprehensive survey of orchid history.


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