Author(s): BRISTOW ALEC
This book presents the discoveries of plant sexuality explicitly & elegantly - from the seductive bee orchid to the promiscuous water lily (from dj)
From its early description of male bees copulating with the Bee Orchid because it bears a striking resemblance to the female bee, to its closing account of the intimate dependency of the fig upon the complex life cycle of the gall wasp, this is a book which celebrates sex. It is sex not only in plants, but willynilly in the birds, bees, and other species responsible for pollination. There are nice line drawings used as chapter ornaments, including some chosen for their fortuitous resemblance to human genitalia like the phallus-shaped Stinkhorn fungus. If the reader is not put off by the egregious style, there is some good history (the first accounts of plant sex shocked the pious), enough detail to fill a basic botany text, and lots of did-you-know-that kind of cocktail party tidbits. In addition, Bristow makes a point of the quite marvelous interdigitation of plant and animal life in the Evolutionary Grand Scheme of Things.