Madagascar is a world hot-spot for orchids. The largest family of flowering plants on the island, almost 1000 species make up some 10% of Madagascar's flora; 90% of them are endemic. They occur in almost every habitat, from coastal and montane forests to cold mountain tops and dry spiny forest. This field guide, the first of its kind for Madagascan orchids, will enable you to identify these showy, and often spectacular plants.
Phillip Cribb is the former curator of the orchid herbarium at Kew and a leading specialist on the taxonomy and conservation of orchids. Johan Hermans is an honorary research associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.