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29 Nov 2021
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How Plants Get Dirty 

Somewhere in Australia, a Cryptostylis orchid is about to trick an unsuspecting wasp into getting down and dirty with it. Pseudocopulation, where a plant has evolved to resemble a certain insect in order to hoodwink others of the same species into having (pseudo)sex with it, is only one of the hundreds of techniques employed by plants to spread their pollen.

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