On the Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects: And on the Good Effect of Intercrossing

On the Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects: And on the Good Effect of Intercrossing

by Charles Darwin
     
 

In this investigation of orchids, first published in 1862, Darwin expands on a point made in On the Origin of Species that he felt required further explanation, namely that he believes it to be 'a universal law of nature that organic beings require an occasional cross with another individual'. Darwin explains the method by which orchids are fertilised by insects,

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In this investigation of orchids, first published in 1862, Darwin expands on a point made in On the Origin of Species that he felt required further explanation, namely that he believes it to be 'a universal law of nature that organic beings require an occasional cross with another individual'. Darwin explains the method by which orchids are fertilised by insects, and argues that the intricate structure of their flowers evolved to favour cross pollination because of its advantages to the species. The book is written in Darwin's usual precise and elegant style, accessible despite its intricate detail. It includes a brief explanation of botanical terms and is illustrated with 34 woodcuts.

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ISBN-13:
9781108027151
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2011
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences Series
Pages:
380
Sales rank:
1,428,462
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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