More and more books are published electronically as EBooks, and lucky for us, not all are under copyright.

Some free downloadable EBooks:


About Orchids,
Frederick Boyle
The Woodlands Orchids,
Frederick Boyle
James O'Brien

Some links to websites with a lot of EBooks:


A website with almost 40 orchid related EBooks.

Website with search index with a lot of EBooks.



If you despite our effort still find here an EBook or a link to an EBook or website that is not royalty free or has not royalty free material, please let us know. We will correct that as soon as possible.


Orchid drawings


Very nice to take a look is a website with a lot of Orchid drawings.


Orchid history


Inspired by King Carlos III in the second half of 18th Century, the Spanish government demonstrated a serious interest in the study of the rich floras of the colonies of the New World. The Royal expedition to Peru and Chile, led by Ruiz and Pavón, continued for 11 years in the twocolonies and was followed by the activities of Tafalla and Manzanilla, who botanized in Peru and Ecuador. Two preliminary accounts of the flora of Peru were published in 1794 and 1798, but only three of the planned eleven volumes and five supplements of the Flora Peruviana et Chilensis were eventually published. The seventh volume, devoted to the Orchids, never saw the light of day.