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Pollination: Darwin’s Pioneering Work with Orchids

Darwin pioneered work on orchid biology in his two books (1862 and 1877) on the fertilization of orchids by insects. He demonstrated that highly specialized adaptations in orchid flowers assure that any bee, moth, or other pollinator had to “fit” the mechanism presented to it.

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