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Introduction

Introduction

Charles Darwin’s interest in plants goes back to childhood, when he tended his father’s plants in a substantial greenhouse and garden at their home in Shrewsbury…

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The Victorian Passion for Plants

Darwin’s fascination with plants fit the times. Victorians were passionate about plant hunting and gathering worldwide…

Pollination: Function of Flower Forms

Pollination: Function of Flower Forms

In The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species, Darwin delved into the topic of cross-pollination, which provides plant variability…

Pollination: The Mystery of Attraction

Pollination: The Mystery of Attraction

Darwin suspected that insects must have been a major diversifying force in the evolution of flowering plants…

Pollination: The Mystery of Attraction

Pollination: A Fascination with Flowers

In the latter half of his life, Darwin researched the complicated cross-pollination mechanisms of such phenomenal plants as the titan arum…

Darwin's Pioneering Work on Orchid Pollination

Pollination: Darwin’s Pioneering Work with Orchids

Darwin pioneered work on orchid biology in his two books on the fertilization of orchids by insects…

Power of Movement: Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants

Power of Movement: Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants

Darwin began studying climbing plants after reading an 1858 paper on “the coiling of tendrils” by his botanist-friend Asa Gray at Harvard…

Power of Movement: Insectivorous Plants

Power of Movement: Insectivorous Plants

Darwin studied many plants that grow in nutrient-poor substrates, like bogs – the Venus-fly-trap, pitcher plants, bladderworts, and sundews, to name a few…

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Natural and Artificial Selection

Darwin pointed to florists to support his theory that natural selection guides the evolution of new species..

Wildlife Diversity and Adaptation

Wildlife Diversity and Adaptation

Darwin’s plant research expanded on his theories of wildlife diversity and adaptation. During his travels, Darwin observed flightless birds on three continents and separate islands…

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