Rumphius' Orchids
Author: Georgius Everhardus Rumphius (translated and edited by E.M. Beekman). Rumphius, the founder of Indonesian botanical exploration and one of the greatest naturalists of the seventeenth century, was the first to describe tropical orchids in the Western language. His book includes descriptions of thirty-six species of orchids found on the island of Ambon in eastern Indonesia, written in both the accurate language of a scientist and the beautiful language of a poet. For each entry, Rumphius describes the plant, names it according to a pre-Linnaean system of nomenclature, gives its locality, and details its medicinal and non-medicinal uses. More than twenty beautiful line drawings accompany the entries. Hardcover.


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