Orchid Summer: In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles


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  • Author: Dunn, Jon
  • Date Pub: 2018 03 (March)
  • ISBN: 9781408880883
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  • Published byBloomsbury Publishing - more

A celebration of the beauty and history of the wild orchid species of the British Isles, following a summer-long hunt by naturalist Jon Dunn.

The flowers that are the focus of this treasure hunt are exquisite and diverse. Some resemble insects and develop scents that mimic the smell of a virgin female wasp in order to lure male wasps to sample their unsatisfying charms. Some tower above the surrounding vegetation; others are vanishingly small and discrete. Some are sweetly scented; others smell of ripe billy goats. Some can be readily found but some will prove more elusive – none more so than the last to flower, the rarest of them all, the ghost orchid…

Orchid Summer is an exploration of orchids history, their champions, their place in our landscape and the threats they face. Combining infectious enthusiasm and a lifetime's passionate devotion to their study, Dunn adventure is one from which it is impossible not to emerge enchanted and enriched.

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384 pages
216 x 135 mm

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