The Allure of Orchids

The Allure of Orchids

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9780642278074
Mark A. Clements
2013
Paperback
159 pages
23.6cm x 29cm

For many lovers of flowers, orchids have a particular allure. Popular among gardeners, florists and nature lovers, orchids come in a huge array of shapes, sizes, and colours, and have some of the most intriguing names of any flower species , Flying Duck, Beard, Fire and Boat-lip Orchids, Doubletails, Fairy Bells, ParsonIs Bands and Greenhoods. Some spend their whole lives underground while others grow high in trees. And they are the tricksters of the flower world, many mimicking the forms and smells of female insects and spiders to sexually deceive their male counterparts into pollinating the flower.

The Allure of Orchids features an essay by orchid expert Mark Clements, accompanied by a portfolio of illustrations, both historical and modern, of this alluring species. In it you will find works by around 25 artists, including the extraordinarily detailed lithographs of early botanical illustrator Ferdinand Bauer, Ellis RowanIs beautiful paintings, the delicate watercolours of Margaret Cochrane Scott, and many more.