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By Sharman Apt Russell

ISBN-10: 0738206695

ISBN-13: 9780738206691

In Anatomy of a Rose, Sharman Apt Russell eloquently unveils the "inner existence" of vegetation, displaying them to be extra person, extra enterprising, and extra responsive than we ever imagined. From their various fragrances to their nasty deceptions, Russell proves that, the place nature is anxious, "wonder isn't just our place to begin; it might probably even be our destination." all through this botanical trip, she unearths that the technology at the back of those clever plants--how they developed, how they live on, how they heal--is much more awe-inspiring than their fleeting good looks. Russell is helping us think what a box of snapdragons feels like to a honeybee; she introduces us to plants that keep watch over their very own temperature, allure pollinating bats, even odor like a rotting corpse.In this poetic rumination, which mixes swish writing with a scientist's readability, Russell brings jointly the paintings of botanists worldwide, and illuminates an international instantaneously favourite and unique.

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Color is an advertisement. Red is a billboard sign. THE BLIND VOYEUR 21 Coke! Pepsi! Eat here! The product now has to live up to the hype. A few flowers rely on false advertisement. Their color or scent promises a reward that is never given. These flowers do depend on hard-wiring, the innate preference of newly hatched customers. Some good mimics can even fool a pollinator over and over. Flowers bobble. Flowers glow. Flowers shout. Come to me. Come to me. Come to me. SCIENTISTS WHO STUDY FLOWERS actually find themselves painting the petals of a red skyrocket white.

ABOUT 80 PEHCENT OF FLOWEHS 49 Hermaphrodite flowers could easily pollinate and fertilize themselves. Most don't. Instead, they try to mix and Ill~ltch their pollen and eggs with the pollen and eggs from flowers or the same species: I'll take this. You take that. Here. Yes. Sex, good sex, is all about cross-fertilization. Why? Why have sex at all? In terms of the individual and its offspring, asexlIJI rcprociLLction is so nlLLch easier. YOLI don't have to think Llhout Ll1alcs or m,lie Ilarts. You Cllt your investment in half.

But after only ten flower visits, most butterflies switched to magenta. Novv, these experienced hutterflies were given a third choice: yellow flowers with nectar and magenta flowers without. They adapted again, quickly. The same thing happened with hummingbirds. Hummingbirds like red. But if I were to paint half the skyrockets in this meadow white, and remove nectar from the remaining skyrockets, the hummingbirds would decamp to white. Color as an invitation is too subtle. Color is an advertisement.

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