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The Classic Cattleyas

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In 1818, William Cattley succeeded in flowering one of the first species of the genus that would bear his name. These first cattleyas are the classic cattleyas, whose form defined the essence of tropical orchids for generations to come. Indeed, the color of their flowers became known as "orchid." In this helpful and informative book, each classic Cattleya species is descri ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Timber Press, Incorporated
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Leo W.
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most of the Timber Press books are so-so, but this text by noted father and son growers is a pleasant exception. Authoritative, without becoming needlessly tediously technical. I suspect I will be returning to it time and again to re-read description of the various species.

The book treats large flowered Cattleya. One can only hope that a companion volume might someday emerge on this model for the smaller flowered, particularly bi-foliate forms.
Elena Gaillard
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Chadwick really knows his subject -- their nursery has specialized in quality Cattleyas for decades. They cover history, cultivation and hybridization, making this book a definitive one-volume treatise.
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