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Wily Violets and Underground Orchids: Revelations of a Botanist
by Peter Bernhardt
University of Chicago Press, 2003
Paper: 978-0-226-04366-1

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
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



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