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An Enthusiasm for Orchids
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An Enthusiasm for Orchids: Sex and Deception in Plant Evolution

John Alcock

Abstract

This book reviews a variety of evolutionary themes and uses the small terrestrial orchids of Australia to introduce and illustrate these themes. Among the topics explored are the competing ideas of biologists who use the theory of natural selection when examining possible adaptations (such as the ability of orchid flowers to attract special pollinators) and those who reject this approach, including creationists as well as the late Stephen Jay Gould. Darwin’s own ideas on the topic are reviewed as his work on adaptive plant behavior, given that orchids provide examples of flowers with moving pa ... More

Keywords: Australia, biodiversity, Charles Darwin, conservation, natural selection, plant behavior, Stephen Jay Gould

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195182743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182743.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Alcock, author
Arizona State University