Deceived by orchids: sex, science, fiction and Darwin

@article{Endersby2016DeceivedBO,
  title={Deceived by orchids: sex, science, fiction and Darwin},
  author={Jim Endersby},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={49},
  pages={205 - 229}
}
  • J. Endersby
  • Published 1 June 2016
  • Art
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract Between 1916 and 1927, botanists in several countries independently resolved three problems that had mystified earlier naturalists – including Charles Darwin: how did the many species of orchid that did not produce nectar persuade insects to pollinate them? Why did some orchid flowers seem to mimic insects? And why should a native British orchid suffer ‘attacks’ from a bee? Half a century after Darwin's death, these three mysteries were shown to be aspects of a phenomenon now known as… 

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