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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 of Spider Orchids (Caladenia syn. Arachnorchis) by Wasps … and Others:

Pollination of Spider Orchids (Caladenia syn. Arachnorchis) by Wasps … and Others:

A Lingering Post-Darwinian Mystery

(p.155) Six Pollination of Spider Orchids (Caladenia syn. Arachnorchis) by Wasps … and Others
Darwin's Orchids

Sophie Petit

University of Chicago Press

The spectacular spider orchids (Caladenia, Arachnorchis) of temperate, southern Australia are pollinated primarily by male thynnine wasps (Chapter 5). These flowers employ a combination of sexual and food deception mechanisms (Chapters 2-5, 7 and 10). Ecological interactions are complex. The author explores a series of controversial theories related to the original work of Darwin as well as modern concerns but also explores problems of conservation unique to plants surviving in a rapidly changing world.

Keywords:   Arachnorchis, Australia, Caladenia, conservation, deception, food, sexual, thynnine, wasps

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