The orchid thief

The orchid thief
Orlean, Susan.
  • Item Type: Book - 584.4 ORLE
  • Published: 2000
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The Fakahatchee Strand, Florida, once a vast swamp awash with indigenous orchids, was plundered during the orchid boom of the 1890s. Its remaining plants, now fiercely protected by law, still attract the unwelcome attentions of thieves. John Laroche is one such self-confessed and convicted thief. Intrigued by newspaper reports of his trial, Susan Orlean followed Laroche on an enthralling exploration into the eccentric world of the obsessive orchid collectors; a subculture of aristocrats, enthusiasts and smugglers whose passion for plants is all-consuming.

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Orchids--Collection and preservation.


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9780099289586 (paperback)

Personal Author:

Orlean, Susan.


The orchid thief / Susan Orlean.

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London : Vintage, 2000.

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350pages ; 20 cm.

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General Note:

Originally published: London : Heinemann, 1999.

Personal subject:

Laroche, John.

Subject term:

Orchids--Collection and preservation.

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