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Rumphius' Orchids: Orchid Texts from The Ambonese Herbal

Georgius Rumphius


This book presents features and the development of different type of orchids. More than three-quarters of known orchid species are tropical and about three-quarters of all species are epiphytes, that is to say they live on but not from trees. The first half of the book discusses how the Ambonese Herbal describes the most noteworthy trees, shrubs, herbs, and land- and water-plants, which are found in Amboina, and the surrounding Islands, according to their shape, various names, cultivations, and use, together with several insects and animals. The book also describes the thirty-six orchid specie ... More

Keywords: orchids, epiphytes, Ambonese Herbal, Amboina, cultivation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300098143
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georgius Rumphius, author