Deceptive beauties: the world of wild orchids.

Deceptive beauties: the world of wild orchids. Chris Ziegler.
Deceptive beauties: the world of wild orchids.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs.

Describes how orchids survive and thrive in the harshest of environments, from tropical cloud forests to the Arctic, from semi-deserts to rocky mountainsides; how their shapes, colours, and scents are, as Darwin put it, beautiful contrivances meant to dupe pollinating male insects in the strangest ways. This astonishing book features an introduction by Michael Pollan and over 150 unprecedented colour photographs taken by Christian Ziegler himself as he trekked through wilderness on five continents to capture the diversity and magnificence of orchids in their natural habitats.

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