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Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar

As is the case with many other rare and sought-after species of plant and animal, Madagascar is one of the world’s prime locations for orchids, which make up the largest family of flowering plants on the island. Madagascar is home to nearly one thousand different species of orchids—which make up nearly ten percent of the island’s flora—nearly nine hundred of them endemic. Orchids are found in almost every habitat on the island, from the mountains to the coasts, and this field guide—the first of its kind, fully illustrated with color photographs and packed with details to aid identification—is an invaluable tool for researchers and ecotourists visiting the island.

456 pages | 750 color plates | 6 x 9 1/5 | © 2009

Biological Sciences: Botany

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Table of Contents



How to use this field guide


What is an orchid?

Major orchid habitats



Keys to the genera

Generic and species accounts

Photography and further reading



Local names

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