Demystifying Orchid Pollination
Karremans Lok, Adam Philip
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Demystifying Orchid Pollination explores the fascinating natural history of orchids and the extraordinary means by which they reproduce. Author Adam P. Karremans reveals their hidden secrets, from the cruel obsession of sexual deception to sweet rewards and highlights the key role of pollinators such as bees, flies, moths and butterflies in securing the survival of these delicate plants. The book navigates the colourful factoids that most of us hold true about orchid reproduction and places them in the light of past and present scientific knowledge, showcasing their flowers as an evolutionary model with an intrinsic mystical element. It celebrates biodiversity while stressing the importance of further ecological studies and at the same time advocating for increased conservation efforts and conscientious research and development. Richly illustrated throughout with colour photographs, the author has included QR codes linking to pollination videos, increasing interaction with the reader and enhancing the reading experience. With sections named after famous songs and quotes sprinkled throughout the text, this is a truly engaging and fascinating read, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the fertilization of orchid flowers.
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