This publication comes from information from the early explorations and over 150 years of studies. This is the first authoritative account of all 126 native species and varieties of orchids found in this region. Well illustrated with numerous in situ photographs and suberb, never seen before paintings by the Victorian botanical artist, General John Eyre.
With a much changed landscape over the years, the extinsion of 7 native species and the possible extinsion of another 6 species, is listed. In order to promote the protection of this invaluable natural heritage, the conservation status of each species is assessed.
Chapters include geology, topography, climate and vegetation of Hong Kong, the history of orchid exploration in the territory, the basic biology of orchids, orchid cultivation, and the biogeographic affinities of the flora.
This is an important work and is essential reading for orchid enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, land managers, conservationists and policy-makers alike.