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Wily Violets and Underground Orchids: Revelations of a Botanist

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In this book, Peter Bernhardt takes us on a grand tour of the botanical realm, weaving engaging descriptions of the lovely shapes and intriguing habits of flowering plants with considerations of broader questions, such as why there are only six basic shapes of flowers and why the orchid family is so numerous and so bizarre. Everyone from amateur naturalists and gardeners t ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published May 17th 2003 by University Of Chicago Press (first published June 1989)
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Loved, loved, loved this book. Who knew there was a dispute over the role of marsupials in pollination? Who knew there are (truly) orchids that grow underground? Who knew there's a tree that grows its seeds on sweet, tasty branches to tempt bats? There are as many methods of seed dissemination and reproduction tactics as there are plants There is so much wonder in this book.
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Dr. Peter Bernhardt (1952- ), Professor, Department of Biology, St. Louis University, Missouri.
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