A Handbook Hardcover – 1 January 2019
The Book “Orchids of India – A Handbook” includes all known species of orchids found in India and enumerates all the 1484 (1430 species, 8 subspecies & 46 varieties) taxa. The book provides a Key to 191 genera found in India. The exhaustive Generic description provides elaborate morphological features of all the191 genera. It gives the worldwide distribution of each genus, total number of species under it found in the world & in India. Scientific illustration of the habit and the flower for at least one species under each genus has been provided; more than one figure has been provided where much variation in the species is observed. The enumeration of all the 1484 orchids, which includes 465 endemic elements, has been alphabetically arranged in a tabular form. It also gives their zone of occurrence and flowering period. Growth habits of the terrestrial, mycotrophic and epiphytic forms of orchids have been discussed with the help of drawings. This gives an idea of the life cycle of an orchid plant. The Morphology provides details of the various component of like stem, leaf, inflorescence & flower etc. of orchids and the variation met within. Flowering pattern in orchids has been discussed with their behavior & seasonality. The Ecology provides the geographical zones in India & the distribution of orchids there followed by the altitudinal zones in India & orchids growing there. The book includes a Glossary of botanical terms & an Index to the scientific names. The book is well illustrated with 480 Line drawings & more than 225 colored Photographs, which would help to easily understand the taxonomy of Orchidaceae & the floral morphology of which is the most complex among all the flowering plants of the world. The manuscript of the book has been reviewed by Prof. D. L. Szlachetko, University of Gdansk, Poland, who has also written the Foreword of the book. There is hardly any other book on the Indian orchids covering all the above features.