Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas

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Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas

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Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas by Phillip Cribb and Christopher Purver. Published 2017 by Natural History Publications (Kota Kinabalu, Borneo) and The Orchid Digest (Laguna Niguel, USA) in association with Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew, UK)

This is the first monograph in English to cover the tropical American slipper orchids. It is co-authored by Phil Cribb, perhaps the leading orchid taxonomist in the world, together with Chris Purver, Director of the Eric Young Orchid Foundation, on the Isle of Jersey. The Foundation is renowned for its Phragmipedium breeding program.

The first ten chapters of the book cover structure, natural history, ecology, evolution and conservation, etc., of the three main genera, Selenipedium, Mexipedium and Phragmipedium. This is followed by detailed descriptions of all of the known species of these three genera and this makes up the bulk of the monograph. There is also a chapter on natural hybrids and discussion of a number of the doubtful species. The last chapters cover man-made hybrids and their cultivation. The book ends with a complete bibliography and two indexes.

The book is profusely and beautifully illustrated with 36 paintings including the earliest illustrations known in addition to numerous line drawings and distribution maps, as well as excellent photographs of plants in situ and close-ups of their flowers. The book has 281 pages and is hard bound with a dust jacket. This is a limited edition book that is sure to become a collector’s item.

Orchid Digest orders restricted to North and South America.

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    Book Review:

    Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas. Phillip Cribb and Christopher Purver. Nat. Hist. Publ. with the Orchid Digest and Royal. Bot. Gardens, Kew. 281pages, hardbound with 36 color art plates, 209 figures, most of which are color photographs, 34 locality maps.  $115 plus handling and postage, only available in North and South America through

    I must admit that I am biased in favor of this book. I have been after Phillip Cribb to deal with the taxonomy of Phragmipedium for several decades and I am absolutely delighted with the results. It was no simple task because the species’ boundaries between many of the phrag. species are not clear and there is considerable variation within each species, but Phil has sorted it all out.

    There has long been a need for an authoritative monograph on the Neotropical slipper orchids in English and this want has now been beautifully filled by this new book by Cribb and Purver. Phillip Cribb needs no introduction as he is perhaps the most reputable taxonomic authority on all of the slipper orchid genera. His previous books on Cypripedium and Paphiopedilum are the standard reference works and have gone through a number of editions. Now he covers Mexipedium, Selenipedium and Phragmipedium. Chris Purver is director of the Eric Young Orchid Foundation on the isle of Jersey. He is well known as a cultivator and hybridizer of both phragmipediums and paphiopedilums, earning awards for his slippers from the RHS. Chris discusses the culture and breeding of phragmipedium.

    All of the species are illustrated, many with the beautiful botanical paintings of Carol Woodin, who is currently one of the top botanical artists in the USA. There are also close up photographs and in habitat photos of the plants in the wild. Line drawings are used to display the finer points of each species and there are even locality maps if you wish to try and find them in the wild. To say this book is well illustrated is an understatement. It is superbly illustrated.

    The introduction to the book covers the fascinating history of the South American slipper orchids and explains the myriad name changes as the early taxonomists tried to sort out a group that was once lumped into Cypripedium. It is hard to believe that two species that we currently call Phramipedium boisserianum and Phrag. caudatum were painted as early as 1787 although they were not officially described until much later.  I normally don’t bother with introductions in books but this one contains much information and helps one understand the history of how and why the generic names got changed.

    The book proper starts with the usual chapters on morphology and anatomy, but here they are short and succinct. Amateur breeders will like the chapter that follows the first two on cytology as this lists all of the chromosome numbers of the species. They vary from species to species and this can be useful for explaining sterility problems in breeding beyond the first generation. There is a page and a half on pollination in the wild. A chapter on species distribution follows as well as chapters on conservation, ecology and evolution. Two cladograms show the possible relationships and evolution within the genus Phragmipedium. All of the preceding only takes up the first forty pages of the volume. The bulk of the book is an examination of the individual species.

    Following the taxonomic treatment of the species there is a chapter on the eight known natural hybrids. Color illustrations in the chapter on artificial hybrids demonstrates why these hybrids are so popular with modern day hobby growers. The chapter on cultivation shows succinctly how to succeed in growing these interesting plants.

    The book ends with an extensive bibliography and a list of all the herbarium specimens examined. Its main usefulness is that it illustrates how thorough the authors were in their research and that lends great confidence in their work.

    Not only is this book a great reference but it is readable and beautifully put together; there is even a fixed ribbon to help keep your place. The book was published as a limited edition and is expected to go out of print in the near future. It will surely increase in value. The book is highly recommended for all lovers of the slipper orchid alliance and anyone who has an library and prizes excellent books on orchids.

    Harold Koopowitz, Professor Emeritus, UCI Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Paph Phactory specializing in innovative Paphiopedilum breeding.


The flasks offered here are from the slipper breeding program of Harold Koopowitz, formerly of Paphanatics, unLtd., who has a reputation for the original development of mini or tea-cup paphs. Each flask contains 20-25 seedlings. Plants are in active growth and should be deflasked soon to keep them in continuous growth.

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