Extraordinary Orchids

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Description / Extraordinary Orchids

Extraordinary Orchids reveals the weird and wonderful lifestyles of this most diverse of plant families, with stunning artwork by the Bauer brothers, Sydney Parkinson, Arthur Harry Church and many more.

It tells the stories that botanists have uncovered of the epiphytic orchids, the ground-dwelling ones, the insect-mimicking ones and those with hidden partners such as fungi. It describes their shapes, which are often unlike any other flowering plant - the sheer number of species means they have a seemingly endless ability to create ever more fantastical forms. In fact many orchid common names refer to their shape-shifting forms - the ‘man-orchids’ or ‘monkey-orchids’ are so called because of their resemblance to the primate form.