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By Sharman Apt Russell

ISBN-10: 0738206695

ISBN-13: 9780738206691

In Anatomy of a Rose, Sharman Apt Russell eloquently unveils the "inner lifestyles" of plant life, displaying them to be extra person, extra enterprising, and extra responsive than we ever imagined. From their varied fragrances to their nasty deceptions, Russell proves that, the place nature is worried, "wonder is not just our start line; it may well even be our destination." all through this botanical trip, she finds that the technological know-how in the back of those clever plants--how they developed, how they live to tell the tale, how they heal--is much more awe-inspiring than their fleeting good looks. Russell is helping us think what a box of snapdragons seems like to a honeybee; she introduces us to flora that keep an eye on their very own temperature, allure pollinating bats, even odor like a rotting corpse.In this poetic rumination, which mixes swish writing with a scientist's readability, Russell brings jointly the paintings of botanists worldwide, and illuminates a global immediately accepted and unique.

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Don't touch my stigma. In the sallle genus, the appearance of a pigment causes a yellow flower to turn red. The disappearance of a pigment causes a while flower to lose its ring of yellow. Changes in a flower's pH can also affect color, turning pink flowers blue and blue {lowers pink. Flowers pollinated by night-flying moths or hats often change from white and cream to dull red, gold, or purple. Receding into the darkness, the post-change flower may still produce scent, helping attract visitors to other flowers on the plant.

Its narrow, yellow border is fringed with reddish hairs. Dark red, threadlike upper petals move in the wind like an insect's antenna. The orchid looks and smells like a female wasp. When the male wasp lights and tries to copulate, pollen is transferred onto its head. Pseudocopulation is rare but not unique. Around the world, certain bees, wasps, and other insects arc trying to mate with tlowers that appear to be what they arc not. (The bee fooled by a mere {lower may be lucky. The larvae of blister beetles also lump together to look and perhaps smell like a female bee.

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