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On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing.

Author: Charles Darwin
Publisher: London, J. Murray, 1862.
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First edition of Darwin's primary work on plant fertilization. Detailing the relationship between the sexual structure of orchids and the insects that fertilize them, this was the first of three volumes that followed the publication of the Origin which contained supporting evidence for the author's theory of natural selection. Darwin concludes that plants are equal to animals in the marvels of their adaptation; for  Read more...
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Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects.
London, J. Murray, 1862
(OCoLC)794906312
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Darwin
OCLC Number: 1031727364
Description: vi, 365, [1] p. illus., fold. pl. 20 cm.
Responsibility: By Charles Darwin ...

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First edition of Darwin's primary work on plant fertilization. Detailing the relationship between the sexual structure of orchids and the insects that fertilize them, this was the first of three volumes that followed the publication of the Origin which contained supporting evidence for the author's theory of natural selection. Darwin concludes that plants are equal to animals in the marvels of their adaptation; for example, he observes that wind-pollinated flowers have no colours; it is only those insect-pollinated varieties that have bright coloured petals and sweet smelling nectars.

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