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Darwin's OrchidsThen and Now$
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Retha Edens-Meier and Peter Bernhardt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044910

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226173641.001.0001

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Pollination and Floral Evolution of Slipper Orchids (Subfamily Cypripedioideae)

Pollination and Floral Evolution of Slipper Orchids (Subfamily Cypripedioideae)

(p.265) Ten Pollination and Floral Evolution of Slipper Orchids (Subfamily Cypripedioideae)
Darwin's Orchids

Retha Edens-Meier

Yi-bo Luo

Robert Pemberton

Peter Bernhardt

University of Chicago Press

Darwin (1862) was inaccurate when he described the pollination mechanism in Paphiopedilum species. Thanks to correspondence with Asa Gray (1810-1888), he corrected his “blunder in print” in a now famous experiment using a live Andrena bee and flowers of North American Cypripedium spp. As in the previous nine chapters, authors begin with Darwin’s initial interpretations and then address distribution, taxonomy, floral presentation, pollination ecology, hybridization, and reproductive success in species belonging to the genera Cypripedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Mexipedium, and Selenipedium.

Keywords:   Andrena, Asa Gray, Cypripedium, Mexipedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, reproductive success, Selenipedium

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