The Rose's Kiss: A Natural History of Flowers

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 2002 - Gardening - 290 pages
"An engaging botanical overview of flowers."-New York Times Book Review

In The Rose's Kiss, Peter Bernhardt presents a fascinating and wide-ranging look at the natural history of flowers—how they look, what they do, and their often hidden interactions with the surrounding environment and other living organisms upon which they depend for their survival. You'll discover why flowers are so colorful, how they evolved, and how insects exploit them for their nectar. This is a book for all flower lovers, from naturalists and gardeners to poets and botanists.
 

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Contents

Beyond the Florists Shop
Brotherhoods and Sisters Rooms
5
Limits to Perfection
19
The Pig in the Pizza
35
When to Bloom
48
When to Die
61
Of Pollen Perpetrators Politics and Piety
73
Fruitful Unions
89
The Faithful and Unfaithful Bee
154
The Squawking Tree
168
F Is for Fake and Flower
181
Into Thin Air
192
SelfMade Marriages and Virgin Births
203
The First Flowers
215
GLOSSARY OF FLOWER TERMS
229
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
233

The Primary Attractants
99
Rewards
116
Unloved but Efficient
128
Psychoanalysis and Serenades
140
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
243
INDEX
245
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Peter Bernhardt is a professor of biology at St. Louis University and a research associate at both the Missouri Botanical Garden of St. Louis and the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Wily Violets and Underground Orchids: Revelations of a Botanist and Natural Affairs: A Botanist Looks at the Attachments Between Plants and People.

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