Darwin's Love for Orchids

orchidOrchids are a flower that have a place in most people’s hearts, regardless of whether or not they are gardeners. They are colourful, eye-catching and unforgettable. They were also a fascination of Charles Darwin. He wrote in his book, “On the Various Contrivances By Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilized By Insects”:

“In my examination of Orchids hardly any fact has so much struck me as the endless diversity of structure … for gaining the very same end, namely, the fertilization of one flower by the pollen of another.”

To Darwin these flowers directly represented and proved his theories of natural selection and mechanisms that develop over generations to ensure the continuation of species. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has made the theme of their annual orchid exhibition, Darwin’s love and interest for flowers and especially orchids.

For all of those who have been fascinated by the mysterious orchid, this is a show to further open your eyes.

[Via: NPR]

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