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Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy

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Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy by Eric Hansen

The acclaimed author of Motoring with Mohammed brings us a compelling adventure into the remarkable world of the orchid and the impossibly bizarre array of international characters who dedicte their lives to it.

The orchid is used for everything from medicine for elephants to an aphrodisiac ice cream. A Malaysian species can grow to weigh half a ton while a South American species fires miniature pollen darts at nectar-sucking bees. But the orchid is also the center of an illicit international business: one grower in Santa Barbara tends his plants while toting an Uzi, and a former collector has been in hiding for seven years after serving a jail sentence for smuggling thirty dollars worth of orchids into Britain. Deftly written and captivatingly researched, Orchid Fever is an endlessly enchanting and entertaining tour of an exotic world.

"A wonderful book, I've been up all night reading it, laughing and crying out in horror and clucking at the vivid images of bureaucracy with the bit in its teeth."

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Pages: 288
Size: 7.0 MB
Publisher: Vintage
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9780525433460 (DRM-EPUB)

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Nonfiction > Gardening > Flowers > Orchids
Nonfiction > Travel > Special Interest > Adventure

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12/09/2016
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