For many years orchids have been among the most popular of ornamental plants, with thousands of species and hybrids cultivated worldwide for the diversity, beauty, and intricacy of their flowers. This book is the eagerly-awaited result of over 30 years of research into orchid anatomy by one of the world's leading authorities and is the first comprehensive publication on orchid anatomy since 1930. It describes the structure and relationships among the cells and tissues of leaves, stems, and roots, and is organized systematically in line with the taxonomy expressed in the OUP Genera Orchidacearum Series. The book is fully illustrated with over 100 photomicrographs and numerous original line drawings. This latest addition to the Anatomy of the Monocotyledons Series is an essential reference text for orchid scientists and research students and will also be of interest and use to a broader audience of orchid enthusiasts.
Professor Stern has studied plant anatomy since the 1950s and for much of his career, has taught in several areas of botany, particularly plant anatomy, economic botany, botanical history, forensic botany, and plant microtechnique. He served as botany chairman at the University of Florida and retired from the post in 2002 to return to full time research and consultancy. He served two terms as President of the Botanical Society of America, for which he was honored with the Certificate of Merit and the Centennial Award, and was also President of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and of the Washington, D.C. Botanical Society. Professor Stern was editor of Tropical Woods and founding editor of the journal Biotropica. He also edited Memoirs of the Torrey Botanical Club and Plant Science Bulletin. He is an elected fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
Materials and Methods ; Introduction ; Descriptions of Vegetative Anatomy of Orchidaceae ; Subfamily Apostasioideae ; Subfamily Cypripedioideae ; Subfamily Orchidoideae ; Subfamily Vanilloideae ; Subfamily Epidendroideae ; Tables of Diagnostic Characters ; Bibliography ; Index