By Merle A Reinikka
A fascinating account of humanity's transforming into fascination with orchids from precedent days onward, including a biographical gallery of fifty nice scientists, naturalists, and explorers who contributed to our wisdom of orchids. The nomenclature and bibliography were up to date for this variation.
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Charles Greville at Paddington. Myrobroma fragrans was the name ascribed, but a year later Andrews published an illustration of the same specimen and named it Vanilla planifolia, claiming that it had been intro- Vanilla planifolia, the "orchid of commerce," which was first used by the Aztecs as a flavoring agent. Page 20 duced by the Marquis of Bladford. Andrews' name was subsequently adopted, though by priority of publication it has been argued that Salisbury holds prior jurisdiction and the specific name fragrans should have been used.
John W. Blowers, editor of The Orchid Review, Maidstone, Kent, England; Dr. George H. M. Lawrence, director of the Hunt Botanical Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mr. John G. Scott Marshall, editor of the Gardeners' Chronicle, London; Dr. C. G. G. J. van Steenis, director of the Flora Malesiana Foundation, Leyden, Netherlands; Dr. George C. Kent, head of the Department of Botany, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Mr. Ronald Kerr, editor of the Australian Orchid Review, Normanhurst, New South Wales, Australia; Miss Maureen Sloan, of the National Portrait Gallery, London; H.
Orchids have always been exciting. No amateur today would concede any thrill much greater than flowering his first orchid plant. No one today, fortunate enough to go to the tropical forests, would exchange for any other experience his first sight of orchid plants growing on the branches amid the lush greenery of those forests. Yet if this is exciting to us, think how wonderful it must have been in the early days100, 150, 200 years agoduring the fever of the great botanical explorations, when hundreds of new species were discovered each year under conditions of travel that we can scarcely imagine, when those who received them back home were challenged to find out what they were and how to grow these strangers!
A history of the orchid by Merle A Reinikka