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See also: Maxillaria - An Unfinished Monograph

Orchids of Brazil



Orchids of Brazil - Oncidiinae I, by Dalton Holland Baptista, Patricia A. Harding and Americo Docha Neto.

This is the first volume of a series intended to encompass every Brazilian orchid species.

In this volume, the authors describe all known species of contained 16 genera, most of which were once known as Oncidium and are closely related to that group.

It is the first comprehensive book about known orchid species to be released since 1980.

This book is intended to help the student of orchids who wants to expand his knowledge of the range of species in various genera and families, but will also aide those who are hobby growers in identifying their plants so they can more properly care for them and also in educating them about other species they may find interesting.



About the series


This series will cover naturally occurring species of orchids found in Brasil. The authors intend this to be a multivolume set, each set containing closely related genera or branches of the orchid family. With each set, they will discuss every species that would be included in that branch that have been reported to be in Brazil. They intend to have a set of pictures of as many as possible of each species contained in each volume.

The authors list synonyms they are aware of, but as the knowledge of the species in other countries is limited, they do not presume to have covered all synonymies.

The authors will try to direct the hobby grower to other references that may aide them in cultural advice, but, as there are many, many references both in books and online, we feel dedicating space within our text will only increase the cost and size of the book and this negative aspect would outweigh any added worth to the book if we included these aspects.

Many of the difficulties one has with any list of Brazilian orchids is that there are many species that were poorly described, several that the country of origin is uncertain, and others whose distribution is based on reports where identification is questionable. Our intent is to clean this list as much as possible.

Since the publication of the above volumes, multiple new species have been described and work has been done which has changed the way orchids are classified. Classification currently is based primarily on phylogeny. A phylogenetic classification is a system that is based on the genetic relationships that species have as opposed to a classification based on grouping of like physical characteristics or morphology. A phylogenetic system is based on one theoretical primitive orchid species from which all orchid species have evolved, and from this original one species, one should be able to develop a 'family tree', so to speak, of all orchid species.

Every taxonomist has his own criteria of where to draw the lines defining genera, species, families, etc. For our volumes, we will use our own criteria which we do not feel are extreme and we certainly do feel are supported by evidence both phylogenically and morphologically. We also feel our criteria of where to divide things is useful as communication and classification tools. Our goal is to provide a key to every species of orchid in Brazil. To do that, we have to classify the species in defined groups with definite limits or boundaries the set of species we include in each group. In no case do we go against the phylogenetic data results. We will explain our thinking and give all synonyms so you can use the classification you choose.



The Authors


Dalton Holland Baptista, from Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil, has cultivated orchids since 1976. He has published articles in orchid magazines in Brazil and the United States. He contributes regularly to Boletim da Coordenadoria das Associações Orquidófilas of Brazil (CAOB Bulletin)and has written articles in both Orchids and Orchid Digest. He has worked to revise the list of Brazilian orchids within the on-line data base of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. Since 2002, he has been a judge of orchid expositions, and since 2008, Dalton has been the technical director of CAOB. Dalton is also a taxonomist for the American Orchid Society and the Orchid Conservation Coalition.

Patricia Ann Harding, from Lebanon, Oregon, USA, has cultivated orchids since 1976 also. She got her start in orchid taxonomy working with Carl Withner on The Debatable Epidendrum book in 2004 and did her own book on the Huntleya clade in 2008. She also has written articles in various magazines worldwide, and is chair of the Species Identification Task Force for the American Orchid Society, a group trying to get the correct names on orchid species awarded through the American Orchid Society system. She also is an AOS judge and lecturer on various orchid topics.

Americo Docha Neto currently resides in Poços de Caldas, MG, Brazil. He has been working with orchids since 1955. From 2000-2002, he was the Technical Director Technician of the Círculo de Orquidófilos de Poços de Caldas. In 2005, in partnership with Dalton, he established the Orchidstudium Project, promoting the knowledge of orchid species, particularly Brazilian species. He has published several articles concerning aspects of the Oncidiinae sub-tribe in Boletim da Coordenadoria das Associações Orquidófilas do Brasil, Orchid Digest, Orchids, Selbyana, and Coletânea de Orquídeas Brasileiras.



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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements 7
Introduction to the series 9
Brazil 15
The Orchids 21
The Oncidiinae 29
The Trichopilia Group 32
1. Leucohyle 34
2. Psychopsiella 40
3. Psychopsis 44
4. Trichopilia 50
The Gomesa Group 56
5. Alatiglossum 60
6. Baptistonia 80
7. Brasilidium 104
8. Campaccia 124
9. Carriella 130
10. Coppensia 134
11. Gomesa 164
12. Hardingia 182
13. Nitidocidium 188
14. Nohawilliamsia 192
15. Ornithophora 198
16. Rodrigueziopsis 204
Bibliography 209
Photographers 213
Authors 215
Index 216


Price and shipping


  Price (U$D) Delivery
Book 50.00  
Delivery within US medial mail add 3.25 8-10 days
Flat rate package priority add 5.50 4-5 days
To Canada add 15.00  
Flat Rate Priority to outside the USA add 17.00  

  • If you chose a shipping method that does not allow for tracking of the shipment, you do so at your own risk. If your package does not arrive, I will send another book for ½ price plus $10 in handling and the cost of track-able priority postage. 
  • For orders of multiple books, postage costs will be based on actual cost. 


How to order


Write an E-mail/write/phone to:

Patricia Harding
39127 Griggs Dr.
Lebanon, OR 97355 USA
Phone 541 451 2613


Or use the below Paypal options

Note: Do you know that PayPal now takes credit cards without setting up a PayPal account?

book + shipping options

For other destinations or multiple orders, please contact Patricia and she will generate an invoice once she knows the shipping cost.


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Maxillaria - An Unfinished Monograph



Maxillaria - An Unfinished Monograph by Eric A. Christenson; Patricia A. Harding, Michael McIllmurray, Mario A. Blanco compilers.

Eric Alston Christenson (1956-2011) was one of the most active orchid taxonomists of modern times, and one of the foremost experts on the taxonomy of Maxillaria. He published at least 7 genera, 35 subgeneric taxa (subgenera and sections), 461 new species and generic transfers, and 94 infraspecific taxa of orchids (16 sections, 80 species, and 5 infraspecific taxa in Maxillaria alone). A few years before his death, Eric began to work on a monograph of Maxillaria.



About the set


This set of two volumes is the text Eric Christenson had completed when he died. The compilers have augmented the text with photographs and scans of drawings, including the line drawings of Michael McIllmurray. This text covers the approximately 650 Maxillaria species described at the time of Eric’s death.



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Table of Contents


Volume 1
Introduction - by Patricia Harding 7
Comments - by Mario Blanco 10
How to Read a Plant Description 12
Maxillaria, an overview 15
Morphology and Taxonomy
Introductory page explaining layout and some abbreviations 41
Maxillaria Species in Alphabetical Order - A through L 42-489
Volume 2 44
Comments - by Michael McIllmurray 490
Miscellany from Eric’s articles, files and letters 492
Maxillaria Species in Alphabetical Order - M through Y 503 - 911
Bibliography 912
Index 920


Price and shipping


  Price (U$D) Delivery
Book - 2 volumes sold only as a set 160.00  
Delivery within US - includes tracking and priority shipping for within the USA see below 8-10 days
To Canada see below see below (for 2 sets)  
Flat Rate Priority to outside the USA see below add 78.00 (for 2 sets)  

  • If you chose a shipping method that does not allow for tracking of the shipment, you do so at your own risk. If your package does not arrive, I will send another book for ½ price plus $10 in handling and the cost of track-able priority postage. 
  • For orders of multiple books, postage costs will be based on actual cost. 
  • I will also drop the price of Orchids of Brazil - Volume 1 book to $35 if it is ordered with the Maxillaria book, shipping would be free if included in the Maxillaria book. I can only add one copy of Oncidiinae book to box of two sets of Maxillaria book. 


How to order


Write an E-mail/write/phone to:

Patricia Harding
39127 Griggs Dr.
Lebanon, OR 97355 USA
Phone 541 451 2613


Or use the below Paypal options

Note: Do you know that PayPal now takes credit cards without setting up a PayPal account?

Books and shipping options Flat Rate Priority for 1 set

Books and shipping options Flat Rate Priority for 2 sets

For other destinations or multiple orders, please contact Patricia and she will generate an invoice once she knows the shipping cost.