The Rose's Kiss: A Natural History of Flowers

Paperback | April 15, 2002

byPeter Bernhardt

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"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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"An engaging botanical overview of flowers."-New York Times Book ReviewIn 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...

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In The Rose's Kiss, Peter Bernhardt presents a fascinating and wide-ranging look at the natural history of flowers-how they are built, how they respond to the weather, how they scent and sweeten themselves and the many different animals they depend upon to reproduce. You'll discover why flowers are so colorful, how they evolved, and ho...

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 Be...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226044408

ISBN - 13:9780226044408

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Beyond the Florist's Shop
1. Brotherhoods and Sisters' Rooms
2. Limits to Perfection
3. The Pig in the Pizza
4. When to Bloom
5. When to Die
6. Of Pollen, Perpetrators, Politics, and Piety
7. Fruitful Union
8. The Primary Attractions
9. Rewards
10. Unloved but Efficient
11. Psychoanalysis and Serenades
12. The Faithful and Unfaithful Bee
13. The Squawking Tree
14. F is for Fake (and Flower)
15. Into Thin Air
16. Self-Made Marriages and Virgin Births
17. The First Flowers
Glossary of Flower Terms
Annotated Bibliography
About the Author
Index

Editorial Reviews

“This congenial companion begins with plant anatomy and design, reveals what triggers blooming, demystifies the sexy bits, covers pollination and pollinators from bees to ants and bats to birds, then ventures back into the fossil record, all with clarity, authority and warm good humour.”