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Wily Violets and Underground Orchids: Revelations of a Botanist

By: Peter Bernhardt (Author), Peter H Raven (Foreword By)

263 pages, 7 b/w photos, 24 b/w illustrations

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Dec 2003 | #152295 | ISBN: 0226043665
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NHBS Price: £27.99 $35/€33 approx

About 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.


Contents

Foreword by Peter H. Raven

PART ONE - ECCENTRIC ENVIRONS
1. Trees of Two Seasons
2. A Child's Garden of Gumnuts
3. A Country of Mistletoes
4. Prairie Days

PART TWO - THE FLORAL THEATER
5. The Forms of Flowers
6. Pollinating Possums
7. Beetles, Blossoms, and the Blood of Adonis
8. An Ancient Moth for an Ancient Flower

PART THREE - PORTRAITS IN CHLOROPHYLL
9. Royal Amazons
10. The Wily Violets
11. In the Shadow of Forest and Glacier
12. Hanging by Their Heels

PART FOUR - THOSE UNNATURAL FLOWERS
13. Lady's Wear
14. San Salvador's Urban Orchids
15. Orchidelirium
16. Charles Darwin and the Christmas Star
17. The Fiendish Orchid
18. Orchids in the Dark

Annotated Bibliography
Index


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