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Wily Violets & 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 to plant scientists will find Wily Violets and Underground Orchids a lively guide to botanical lore.

About the Author

Peter Bernhardt is a professor of biology at St. Louis University and a research associate at both the Missouri Botanical Garden of St. Louis and the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Natural Affairs: A Botanist Looks at the Attachments between Plants and People and The Rose's Kiss: A Natural History of Flowers, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226043661
Subtitle:
Revelations of a Botanist
Author:
Bernhardt, Peter
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 2002-3060
Publication Date:
20030517
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 halftones, 24 line drawings
Pages:
263
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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