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Clivias are classed among the most desirable of all connoisseur plants, offering not only spectacular flowers but also interesting variations in both leaf variegation and plant form. Despite their reputation as specialist plants, however, clivias are surprisingly easy to grow and tolerant of abuse. Koopowitz has written the first book to delightfully detail the genus Clivia. Beginning with the story of their discovery, he moves on to issues of cultivation, hybridization, and propagation.
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About the Author
Harold Koopowitz is Professor of Ecology at the University of California at Irvine. Previously, he was the Director of the University of California at Irvine Arboretum for twenty years when it specialized in African bulbous and cormous plants. Koopowitz has long-standing interests in the hybridization of a variety of specialist plants, including slipper orchids, daffodils, and clivias. He has traveled extensively to study orchids in the wild, and is diligent in his efforts to encourage discussion about endangered plants. The results of his devotion include numerous scientific papers on orchids, deforestation, and the effects of long conversion on plant extinctions. He is a long-standing member of the conservation committee of the American Orchid Society and a member of the Orchid Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission. Koopowitz is the author of several books on horticulture and conservation, including Orchids and Their Conservation, and is currently editor-in-chief for the Orchid Digest. He resides in Santa Ana, California.
“The first monograph to explicitly describe clivias’ horticultural heritage and cultural requirements, with brilliant support by more than 100 of Comstock’s breathtaking color photographs. Invaluable information for both the professional and amateur.” —Booklist
“Koopowitz has lengthy experience with the hybridization of bulbous plants, making his book authoritative and interesting to read. . . . The main part is devoted to a profusely and expertly illustrated discussion of clivia diversity. . . . Highly recommended.” —Choice
“A brilliant new book.” —National Gardener
“If you carry lust in your heart for all things chlorophyllous, then the pictures alone in Clivias will drive you mad with desire.” —Horticulture
“Through Harold Koopowitz’s research and the photographs of James Comstock we are rewarded with multiple exotic and beautiful views of Clivias to entice us into growing them with great pleasure.” —National Gardener
“While the words form a rich cake, the photographs are equally rich frosting.” —Let’s Talk Plants
“This informative and attractively produced book on Clivia and the related but little-known genus Cryptostephanus will be welcomed by many readers.” —Orchid Review
“Much has been published on Clivia in the past, but this book is the first in its class that combines all aspects of this group of plants under one cover.” —South African Journal of Botany
“The author engages the reader throughout this very thorough treatment of everything anyone would need (or want) to know about Clivia” —Chicago Botanic Garden
“This comprehensive treatment of these unique and beautiful plants is recommended for all collections.” —E-Streams
“A practical, comprehensive treatment of the history and biology of clivias.” —SciTech Book News