Vanilla Orchids: Natural History and Cultivation

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Timber Press, 6 janv. 2012 - 212 pages
With more than 30,000 known species, orchids represent the largest family of plants. But only one genus has agricultural value—the Vanilla orchid. Leading orchid expert Ken Cameron covers the natural history of the world’s most popular flavor and fragrance and provides an introduction to the pollination, biology, structure, evolution, and diversity of Vanilla and related orchids. Vanilla Orchids also features methods for bean harvest, curing, and processing for enthusiasts who want to try it at home.
 

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Table des matières

Vanilla as Flavor and Fragrance
7
Origins and History of Domesticated Vanilla
11
Vanilla Evolution and Geographic Distribution
23
Vanilla Plant Structure
29
Profiles of Select Vanilla Species
41
Vanilla Hybrids
57
Vanillas Closest Orchid Cousins
63
Cultivating Vanilla at Home and in the Greenhouse
141
Vanilla Harvest and Processing
157
Commercial Vanilla Products
165
Checklist of All Currently Recognized Vanilla Species
175
Checklist of Vanilla Species Names No Longer Recognized Synonyms
189
Checklist of All Currently Recognized Vanilla Species Arranged by Native Distribution
192
Selected Bibliography
197
Index
203
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Pollination of Vanilla Flowers
151

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À propos de l'auteur (2012)

Ken Cameron developed a passion for botany at an early age, and became one of the first people to apply modern DNA sequencing methods to the study of orchid evolution and classification.  As a result of his international lab and field research, he has become the world’s authority on Vanilla and its relatives.  

He served as a curator and director of the New York Botanical Garden’s molecular systematics laboratory for ten years before relocating to the Midwest. Today he is professor of botany and director of the State Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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