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Flowers’ roles considered in ecosystems and economics

A pollination ecologist ventures into human realm with new book

9:03am, July 12, 2015
The Reason for Flowers

TULIP MANIA  Cut flowers are big business today. In 17th century Holland, tulips were coveted and their prices soared.

The Reason for Flowers
Stephen Buchmann
Scribner, $26

In the art of seduction, flowers have few equals. With sweet nectar and protein-packed pollen, some blooms lure bats and lizards as well as the proverbial birds and bees to play unwitting roles in fertilization. Other flowers, which evolution has sculpted to mimic potential mates of credulous insects, merely inspire frustrated desire among pollinators.

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