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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Methuen Publishing Ltd (13. April 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0413747409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413747402
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,2 x 13,6 x 2,4 cm
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If the Renaissance had tulipomania, which has already been explored so elegantly in Anna Pavord's The Tulip, the modern era has become lost in Orchid Fever, as Eric Hansen explains in this exquisite book, summed up in its subtitle of A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust and Lunacy. Hansen, author of the award-winning Stranger in the Forest, returned to the Borneo rain forest to accompany two American orchid growers in their search for Paphiopedilum sanderianum--the holy grail of orchids, and one of the rarest plants in the world. Whilst searching for the orchid Hansen learnt of the extraordinary passions inspired by orchids, the international intrigue associated with its cultivation and the ineptitude with which CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) treated its preservation.

Hansen's subsequent foray into the bizarre world of orchids led him on a global odyssey from Borneo to eccentric orchid conventions in California, obsessive orchid growers in the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle, shady orchid dealers in Germany and sniffy orchid experts in Kew Gardens, in an attempt to understand the perennial seduction of the orchid. En route Hansen also uncovers a murkier side of an orchid world that illegally traffics in rare species. The world-wide retail orchid business is conservatively estimated at $9 billion annually. The orchid's mixture of beauty, fragility and blatantly sexual appearance lies behind this extraordinary obsession, and Hansen tells his story wonderfully. The book is full of wit, pace and local colour, and has a great eye for the bizarre, as in his discovery of the recipe for fox testicle ice-cream made from dried orchid tuber powder. Orchid Fever is a wonderful book which should on no account be limited to horticulturalists!--Jerry Brotton


“An extraordinary, well-told tale of botany, obsession and plant politics. Hansen’s vivid descriptions of the complex techniques some orchids use to pollinate themselves will raise your eyebrows at nature’s sexual ingenuity.”–USA Today -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Von orchidred am 15. Juni 2000
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Too contrived to be true? The plot of Orchid Fever, a tale of the mania that surrounds CITES (Congress on Trade in Endangered Species) and endangered orchids, smacks of a TV tabloid expose studded with international intrigue, wily authorities, blameless miscreants, crafty smugglers, anonymous informers, and the occasional white knight. It all sounds barely credible. But orchid people will understand author Eric Hansen's fascination with this compelling tale of good intentions gone terribly awry. Hansen skillfully weaves anecdotal threads to support his assertion that CITES - as it applies to flora listed in Part II of its appendix - has been manipulated from its inception by some of the orchid establishment (read Kew Gardens in London, England) to perpetuate that establishment's own control and authority. Hansen shows how this jealous manipulation has produced a tragic oxymoron by further endangering the rare flora, in this case slipper orchids, that it proposes to save by thwarting legal propagation and salvage. Hansen finds real orchid people are way eccentric enough to populate his story. Some are familiar to orchid hobbyists as occasional club speakers while others are less well known. It doesn't matter. All are interesting as the tale spins from steaming Borneo jungles to the cold latitudes of Denmark, while Hansen attempts to ferret out the facts about reported orchid rustlers. Can these awful stories about needless destruction of Paphiopedilum sanderianums and other rare slippers be true? Unfortunately so. The line between who are the good guys and who are not blurs as Hansen describes rivalries that are all about power and influence and not about saving orchids.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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This is one of the most opinionated books I have ever read: it is zealous in its simple examples of right and wrong. Orchids and the people who love them are Good. The offical agencies that are supposed to regulate the orchid trade and conserve them are very, very Bad. It is also clear that the people who love orchids are not only good, they are also fetishists about the things, and all evidence to the contrary (evidence from the Nazi-like bureaucrats who invade greenhouses armed with attack dogs and semi-automatic weapons) everything they do in is in the best interests of the orchids. I could not figure out if there were too few orchids in the world or too many or which of what kind. Either they need rescuing from looming civilization, or there are so many of them it is stupid to regulate their trade at all. Every one who rescues them from the wild is doing a good thing, although they do not seem need to be saved as much as left alone. It is clear, however, that Hansen dotes on his eccentric cast of characters, complete with their sexually tinged, highly volatile love of these flowers, peculiar personal quirks, emotional disorders and nasty in-fighting. I, too, have been overwhelmed by the lush beauty of orchids at flower shows or botanical gardens, and am always sad to see the ones sent as gifts wither under my care. Still, I am happy to say that I have never lusted after them in the way Hansen's friends do -- making a religion of a plant just isn't in me. One thing: Hansen's opening sentence is just about the best one since "It was the worst of times, it was the best of time..." Apparently that goes for orchids too.
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Von Dr. Lucas Brown am 26. Februar 2000
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Eric Hansen's book is a complete revelation of how ill-informed authorities would go to any length to persecute and prosecute often innocent people whose only fault it is to love and cherish orchids. Hansen authoratatively demonstrates how paper pushing, so-called botanists, often misguided, with little or no first hand experience, other than what is given to them through the grapevine put their feet into their own mouth. In many ways their collective acts together with ill-informed administrators in IUCN, and CITES, that proclaim to act in the interest of conservation, can only be termed as a form of Orchid-Apertheid. A sad state of affairs for all scientists round the globe, who are caught in the brutal, sophisticated and shortsighted machination of a group of self proclaimed authorites in charge, whose own records in the past is often deplorable. Individuals such as Cribb, Eric Hagstar, Vogel, van Vliet, are grim reminders of the dark age self-proclaimed do-goodies, that in the in their own interst sent many innocent victims to their death. As an individual who has travelled to the remote corners of the world several times, and with no active interst in orchids, I endorse Hansen's comments on the shallow understanding, and narrow-minded group of officials and botanists who unfortunately seem to have the upper-hand. I congradulate Hansen for his frank revelations of the blot clouding the orchid world. A sad story, about which the perpetrators should try to learn from, and be ashamed of their own acts in the past, and even present.
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Von Ein Kunde am 19. März 2000
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The only thing that aggravates me more than CITES is an accurate book on how truly awful the situation really is. Having mired through the CITES mess as it relates to orchids for several years now, I was surprised to find so many other growers in the same boat. The author presents a cogent expose of the magnitude of the problem, both in terms of how many people are affected by it, but by how those allegedly working to conserve these species are often ignorant, corrupt, or thieves themselves. This book is said to have researched this subject for seven years; having read the book and, based on what I know from acquaintences and my own personal research on the subject, I have found it to be absolutely accurate- more than can be said about similar books, best left nameless. Hansen has produced a book that would outwardly appear to be dull-as-dishwater boring, but I managed to consume it in 5 hours. It is alarming that a book on a subject so esoteric as laws concerning orchid "conservation" should be so accurate, particularly from someone who would appear to be from outside the realm. I would recommend this book to those involved in rare plant horticulture, orchids in general, and those involved with CITES, conservation, or other environmental concerns.
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