This page will basically be an introduction to my
books in the making. At the present, I am working in several book projects on Brazilian Orchids, and they are grouped
in three different series, with different goals in mind. Following there is a description of their subjects and
details about content and stage of development.
At this point, all the information is here condensed
in one page. Eventually, I will prepare subpages for each so people will have a chance to take a peek on how the
books will look like. I will probably even include a chapter or two of each as samples.
1- Mini-guides on Brazilian Orchids
This series will consist of booklets intended as
quick-guides. Depending on the subject being extensive enough, some genera will be treated individually. Genera
with small number of species will be grouped by affinity. So far, they will include general habitat information,
somewhat basic info on physical conditions (light, water, temperature, etc.) which will aid in cultivation and
information and pictures of the species and their varieties and color forms. So far, plans are that these booklets
will average less than 100 pages and are planned to be inexpensive but accurate and well illustrated sources of
STATUS - The first volume is well in the making. More information soon...
2- Brazilian Orchid genera
These are going to be taxonomically precise large
books on individual genera. Besides giving a detailed scientific treatment, these are going to be heavily illustrated
and also heavy on text as I want to present more information than ever on the subjects. It is no secret that the
first volume will be on Brazilian species of the genus Laelia, a subject that I have been working on the last fifteen
years (not full time, unfortunately). I will definitely include a sample chapter pretty soon.
STATUS - The Brazilian version is about ready, the English version somewhat slow on translation.
The English version is actually being planned to be the first one out, so it will take a while. This one is at
the stage of financing. This will be an expensive book to finalize, considering that it will have more than 200
pages and 300+ photos plus line drawings. I actually think I went a bit overboard on the amount of information,
seems that it will be just too much so that it will be difficult to match on the next planned volumes. Let's see...
3- Brazilian Orchids: a regional
guide, in five volumes
There is not much to say about these right now,
except that each volume will be about one of the five political regional division of Brazil. Large format, plenty
photos, maps and diagrams will show Brazil and its orchids at their best. If this looks like a somewhat lack of
modesty (pardon), I will just say that if I can't make them that good I will cancel the project.
STATUS - At the present, they are being planned. That's it for now...
4- Lectures on CD
After several requests during the many years I have
been giving lectures to Orchid Societies, I decided to make my lectures available as a way to sediment the info
and complement the lectures. These days, the best way to do this is to have them on CD. With this in mind and after
considering quite a few possibilities, mainly organizing them as slide shows, I decided to use the HTML format,
that is, make them in Website format. This have several advantages, among these: 1- each slide is a separate page,
and viewers can stay the amount of time necessary at each one to gather the presented information and 2- there
is no need to follow a strict order of slides - pages are linked so navigation is free up and down the subject.
STATUS - So far, six of the lectures were selected to be prepared and four, "Orchids of the
Brazilian Amazon", "The Genus Catasetum in Brazil", "The Genus Laelia in Brazil" and "The Genus Cattleya in
Brazil" are ready and available (see price list, under CDs).
Update - These individual CDs are
available only by special order now, as the presentations have been grouped in two. The first one is out for some
time now, and includes Catasetum,
Cattleya and Laelia; the second one, including Orchids from
the Brazilian Amazon, Orchids of Rio de Janeiro and Rupicolous Orchids is in the finl stages of completion.