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Book ID:  097137
Miller, David, Richard Warren, Izabel Miller and Helmut Seehawer

The Organ Mountain Range, Its History and Its Orchids. 2009. 315 col. photographs. 228 water colours. 541 p. 4to. Hardcover.
The authors criss-crossed for over ten years the Organ Mountain in the Rio de Janeiro regions of Brazil looking for fragments of forests in an area which had been devastated by the coffee and railway booms of the previous centuries. What they found will fascinate orchid lovers and environmentalists alike. Small, inaccessible fragments forest oases - still hold populations of plants that were abundant in precolonial time. And from the priceless comprehensive data they collected and present, the authors are able to reconstruct what the original pristine forest must have looked like when Darwin was there. But the book covers much more than orchids. It delves into the geological and social history of the Range which in biodiversity is one of the richest on the planet. Its also one of the most endangered, due to past and present human activity. The role of forest in water conservation and climate control, more relevant now than ever before, is explored. It is an attractive, intelligent and important book which uses orchids - so called flagship species - to highlight the plight of this magical yet fragile environment. With over 600 species lovingly photographed and described in their own habitats, it is a mine of useful information for growers. As a bonus, 200 beautifully detailed watercolours of the miniature group of Pleurothallids have been reproduced making identification of these difficult species easier.
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Total Price :75.00 EURO (US$ 90.00)