240 pages, 60 colour photos and illustrations, 10 b/w illustrations
Get ready for the shocking truth about botanical sex. Who knew that bee orchids trick insects into having sex with them, avocado flowers are female one day and male the next, and some flowers are the insect equivalent of nightclubs where males and females meet and mate? Bestselling popular science author Mike Allaby reveals over 200 of nature's most unseemly creations in this sensational exposé.
The sexual antics of plants are far more varied than those of people and plants have preferences and techniques for which we have no equivalent. Being rooted to the spot, many rely on pollinators for assistance and forget birds and bees, we're talking kangaroos, giraffes, and vampire bats. Botanical illustrations throw light on the gallery of pimps, hookers and gigolos who may be lurking in your back garden and spice up this compendium of scurrilous botany which – be warned – may shock the worldliest of gardeners.
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Michael Allaby is an award-winning popular science author who has written over 100 books on plants and ecology. He edits science dictionaires for Oxford University Press and and his new book on weather and climate for gardeners is published in 2015.