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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

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

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226173641.003.0006

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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