This text summarizes research on cytogenetics and breeding of dendrobiums conducted since the 1950s, mainly at the University of Hawaii. A section on species important to Hawaii's orchid industry is followed by a description of the origin of many popular hybrids. Throughout, information on cross-breeding, seeding propagation, flower colour and form, and controlling disease is presented in language readily understood by the layperson. More than 150 registered hybrids are presented and the authors share valuable tips on counting dendrobium orchid chromosomes, germinating seeds, and cloning plants, and provide a comprehensive glossary.
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press