Part two of a three-part mini-series on the 19th century publication Australian Orchids by R. D Fitzgerald explores the unique ways that orchids are pollinated – from sexual deception to asexual reproduction. Lachlan Copeland from Ego Logical Australia, Doug Beckers from NSW (New South Wales) National Parks and Wildlife joins Peter Weston from the National Herbarium of NSW in explaining why our native orchids are so intrinsically linked to their pollinators. So, what does the world’s kinkiest orchids have to do with a book? Sally Stewart, Librarian from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria helps us dive deeper into the evolutionary research correspondence between Fitzgerald, Charles Darwin and Ferdinand von Mueller.
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