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Demystifying Orchid Pollination

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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. 440pp. Over 120 colour photographs. 234 x 156 mm. Hardback, ISBN 9781842467848, Kew Publishing 2023.

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.


Media Reviews

Demystifying Orchid Pollination ‘stands on the shoulders of giants. The many exciting finds from earlier scientists are all made available by Adam to a broader public in a way never done before… Each chapter is a treasure trove of examples in orchid pollination, including how scientists often struggled to grasp all the intimacies of orchid-pollinator interactions.'

- Gab van Winkle, Editor of Orchideeën, the bimonthly journal of the Netherlands Orchid Society


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