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The Scandalous Truth About the Sex Life of Plants
Get ready for the shocking truth about botanical sex. Who knew that bee orchids trick insects into having sex with them, avocado flowers are female one day and male the next, and some flowers are the insect equivalent of nightclubs where males and females meet and mate? Bestselling popular science author Mike Allaby reveals over 200 of nature's most unseemly creations in this sensational expose.
The sexual antics of plants are far more varied than those of people and plants have preferences and techniques for which we have no equivalent. Being rooted to the spot, many rely on pollinators for assistance and forget birds and bees, we're talking kangaroos, giraffes, and vampire bats.
Botanical illustrations throw light on the gallery of pimps, hookers and gigolos who may be lurking in your back garden and spice up this compendium of scurrilous botany which - be warned - may shock the worldliest of gardeners.
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Delve into the world of botanical sex and discover the techniques used by plants to enter into unseemly liaisons to reproduce and survive. * Gardens Illustrated * What secret raunchiness is going on in your garden without your knowledge? No, the doggers haven't come to town, it's the plants that are getting naughty in this light-hearted botanical volume, packed with delightful illustrations. -- Prudence Ivey * Ham & High * The sex life of plants did not top my list of "things one is curious about" but on reading Michael Allaby's neat hardback I had a change of heart. There is much switching of gender and some rather modern practices, but the light-hearted tone is supplemented by genuine erudition. -- Alexandra Henton * The Field *