Thelymitra article

Mary Sue Ittner
Thu, 03 May 2012 07:26:02 PDT

I was contacted by Peter Bernhardt who gave me permission to add to 
the wiki an interesting article he wrote for the Friends of Kings 
Park (Perth, Australia's amazing garden) magazine about the 
pollination of these orchids, Sun Orchids, Successful and Immoral. I 
have linked it to the wiki page:…
for those of you interested in reading it. I'm giving the link to the 
page instead of the article so you can also see the link to Peter's 
page to read about what else he has written and the Friends page and 
once again look at the photos of these gorgeous flowers. It was very 
kind of him to make this paper available.

In Peter's email to me he wrote:
>By the way, you do realize this is an anniversary year for the study 
>of bulbous plants.  In 1862 (150 years ago) Charles Darwin published 
>the first edition of his book, "On the Various Contrivances by Which 
>Orchids are Fertilised by Insects."  All of the british orchids he 
>studied (about 26 species) are bulbous or rhizomatous perennials.

Mary Sue

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