The New Encyclopedia of Orchids

1500 Species in Cultivation

Author: I. F. La Croix

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 0881928763

Category: Gardening

Page: 524

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The Infinitely Varied Orchid Family provides a never-ending source of unusual plants in a range of shapes, colors, fragrances, and sizes. As the demand for interesting and unusual species increases, so too does the need for a comprehensive reference on how to grow them. This encyclopedia, written by respected botanist Isobyl la Croix, offers detailed descriptions of 1500 cultivated species in 350 genera from Acampe to Zygostates. More than 1000 photographs will aid enthusiasts in choosing new plants for their collections as well as provide accurate ID.


Orchid Species Culture

Oncidium/odontoglossum Alliance

Author: Margaret L. Baker,Charles O. Baker

Publisher: Timber Press (OR)

ISBN: 0881927759

Category: Gardening

Page: 992

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The wealth of information provided in Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance makes it an invaluable addition to the library of every serious orchidist."--BOOK JACKET.

Orchids of Tropical America

An Introduction and Guide

Author: Joe E. Meisel,Ronald S. Kaufmann,Franco Pupulin

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801454921

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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"The authors of this introductory text are acknowledged experts on tropical American orchids with decades of combined experience of orchids in both the wild and culture. You could not find a better trio of enthusiasts and specialists to introduce you to the wonderful and occasionally bizarre world of tropical American orchids."—from the Foreword by Phillip J. Cribb Orchids of Tropical America is an entertaining, informative, and splendidly illustrated introduction to the orchid family for enthusiasts and newcomers seeking to learn about more than 120 widespread orchid genera. Joe E. Meisel, Ronald S. Kaufmann, and Franco Pupulin bring alive the riot of colors, extraordinary shapes, and varied biology and ecology of the principal orchid genera ranging from Mexico and the Caribbean to Bolivia and Brazil. Orchids, likely the most diverse family of plants on earth, reach their peak diversity in the tropical countries of the Western Hemisphere, including, for example, more than 2,500 species in Brazil and 4,000 in Ecuador. The book also highlights reserves in the American tropics where travelers can enjoy orchids in the wild. Whether you journey abroad to see these unique plants, raise them in your home, or admire them from afar, this book offers fascinating insights into the diversity and natural history of orchids. Beyond the plant and flower descriptions, Orchids of Tropical America is packed with informative stories about the ecology and history of each genus. Pollination ecology is given in detail, with an emphasis on how floral features distinctive to the genus are linked to interaction with pollinators. This book also features information on medicinal and commercial uses, notes on the discoverers, and relevant historical data. The easy-to-use identification system permits quick recognition of the most common orchid groups in Central and South America. Genus descriptions are given in plain language designed for a nonscientific audience but will prove highly useful to advanced botanists as well. Descriptions focus on external morphology, and great care has been taken to ensure the guide is useful in the field without reliance on microscopes or dissections. Equally valuable as a field guide, a desktop reference, or a gift, Orchids of Tropical America will make an excellent addition to any orchid lover's library. Visit the website for this book at www.orchidsoftropicalamerica.com.

Reference Sources for Small and Medium-sized Libraries, Eighth Edition

Author: Jack O'Gorman

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 0838912125

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 312

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Focusing on new reference sources published since 2008 and reference titles that have retained their relevance, this new edition brings O’Gorman’s complete and authoritative guide to the best reference sources for small and medium-sized academic and public libraries fully up to date. About 40 percent of the content is new to this edition. Containing sources selected and annotated by a team of public and academic librarians, the works included have been chosen for value and expertise in specific subject areas. Equally useful for both library patrons and staff, this resource Covers more than a dozen key subject areas, including General Reference; Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics; Psychology and Psychiatry; Social Sciences and Sociology; Business and Careers; Political Science and Law; Education; Words and Languages; Science and Technology; History; and Performing Arts Encompasses database products, CD-ROMs, websites, and other electronic resources in addition to print materials Includes thorough annotations for each source, with information on author/editor, publisher, cost, format, Dewey and LC classification numbers, and more Library patrons will find this an invaluable resource for current everyday topics. Librarians will appreciate it as both a reference and collection development tool, knowing it’s backed by ALA’s long tradition of excellence in reference selection.

Reference and Information Services

An Introduction, Fourth Edition

Author: Kay Ann Cassell ,Uma Hiremath

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 083891568X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, this is the perfect text for students and librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge, teaching failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format. Guided by a national advisory board of educators and practitioners, this thoroughly updated text expertly keeps up with new technologies and practices while remaining grounded in the basics of reference work. Chapters on fundamental concepts, major reference sources, and special topics provide a solid foundation; the text also offers fresh insight on core issues, including ethics, readers' advisory, information literacy, and other key aspects of reference librarianship;selecting and evaluating reference materials, with strategies for keeping up to date;assessing and improving reference services;guidance on conducting reference interviews with a range of different library users, including children and young adults;a new discussion of reference as programming;important special reference topics such as Google search, 24/7 reference, and virtual reference; anddelivering reference services across multiple platforms As librarians experience a changing climate for all information services professionals, in this book Cassell and Hiremath provide the tools needed to manage the ebb and flow of changing reference services in today's libraries.



Vegetation der Erde

Grundlagen, Ökologie, Verbreitung

Author: Jörg S. Pfadenhauer,Frank A. Klötzli

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 364241950X

Category: Science

Page: 645

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Gegenstand des vorliegenden Buchs ist die Pflanzendecke der Erde, wobei neben einer knapp gehaltenen Beschreibung der Vegetationstypen vor allem die kausalen Zusammenhänge zwischen dem Wuchsort charakteristischer (repräsentativer) Pflanzenarten und Pflanzengemeinschaften einerseits und entwicklungsgeschichtlich-historischen, zeitlichen bzw. räumlichen, ökophysiologischen sowie anthropogenen Bedingungen andererseits vermittelt werden. Zwar liegt der Schwerpunkt auf der vom Menschen nicht oder wenig beeinflussten „naturbetonten“ Pflanzendecke; berücksichtigt wird aber auch die „kulturbetonte“ Vegetation, die in klimatisch bzw. edaphisch begünstigten Regionen heute den größeren Flächenanteil einnimmt. Nach einem einführenden Kapitel, das die Grundlagen für die vegetationsökologische Gliederung der Erdoberfläche enthält, werden die Lebensbedingungen der zonalen, extrazonalen und azonalen Vegetation des Flachlands und der Gebirge von den äquatornahen immerfeuchten Tropen bis zu den Polargebieten dargestellt und mit vielen Tabellen, farbigen Graphiken und zahlreichen Fotos illustriert. Kastentexte bieten darüber hinaus ergänzende Informationen zu Spezialthemen. Ein umfangreiches Literaturverzeichnis erleichtert den Zugang zu vertiefenden Publikationen.







Die Evolution des Fliegens – Ein Fotoshooting

Author: Georg Glaeser,Hannes F. Paulus,Werner Nachtigall

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3662498995

Category: Science

Page: 249

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Dieser Band nimmt sie mit auf eine spannende Reise in Bildern und Texten. Spektakuläre, großformatige Fotos auf Doppelseiten mit einem Erklärungstext machen die Leser neugierig auf das, was die Evolution im Bereich des Fliegens hervorgebracht hat: von der pflanzlichen Luftflotte (Pollenkörner, Flugsamen,...) über fliegende Schlangen und Fische, unter Wasser fliegende Pinguine bis zum Menschen, der sich in die Lüfte erhebt. Das Buch kann in beliebiger Reihenfolge, Doppelseite für Doppelseite, gelesen werden. Querverweise sorgen für bequemes Umspringen auf andere Doppelseiten. Die Textpassagen sind zumeist - abgesehen von der fundierten Einleitung - unabhängig von einander und besprechen besondere Highlights im evolutionären Prozess. Ergänzt wird die Doppelseite mit Literaturhinweisen und Verweisen auf instruktive Internet-Seiten.

Die wahre Geschichte der Schokolade

Author: Sophie D. Coe,Michael D. Coe

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3105616144

Category: History

Page: 360

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Dieses Buch entführt uns in die uralte, wechselhafte und überaus spannende Geschichte der Schokolade, die vor dreitausend Jahren in den Hochkulturen der Maya und Azteken begann. Unser »Schokoladenriegel für zwischendurch« verrät nur noch wenig von dieser atemberaubenden und wahren Geschichte, die hier wie in einem Roman nachzulesen ist und Aufschluß gibt über Mentalitäten und Alltagsleben von den mittelamerikanischen Hochkulturen bis heute. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)