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Orchid: The Fatal Attraction

 
 
Author
Anne Ronse. Bart van Leuven & Tom Swijns, photos.
Publisher Stichting Kunstboek  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 13.25 x 10 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9789058562524
Pages/Publication Date 144/2008
Daedalus Item Code 61260
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Why are orchids the way they are? Why those complex shapes and incredible colors? And why are we so fascinated by them? In luscious, page-filling close-up photos so finely rendered you can almost feel the softness of the petals, this book explores the beauty of these remarkable plants as it considers both their wide-ranging biology and what they have represented in human affairs. In the East orchids are associated with characteristics like grace and generosity, while in the West they evoke fertility and sex. Orchids are built to seduce, notes Anne Ronse, who surveys species from the fire orchid (Renanthera imschootiana), which provides a landing pad for flitting butterflies, to the fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera), which imitates the look and smell of a female fly.
 
 
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