Pollen

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  • Publisher : Mims House Books
Mims House Books
  • Tags

    #Nature #pollen #darwin #pollination #flowers

  • Age group

    7+

  • Category

    Science , Biography , Nature

How long does it take for science to find an answer to a problem? On January 25, 1862, naturalist Charles Darwin received a box of orchids. One flower, the Madagascar star orchid, fascinated him. It had an 30 cm long nectary, the place where flowers make nectar, the sweet liquid that insects and birds eat. How, he wondered, did insects pollinate the orchid? It took 130 years to find the answer.