De la sexualité des orchidées


Wednesday 11 July
19:00 - 19:30: Jardin du Petit Théâtre

Sofia Teillet (France)


In 1870, Darwin wrote that "[i]t is a general law of nature that no organic being fertilises itself for a perpetuity of generations; but that a cross with another individual is occasionally—perhaps at long intervals of time—indispensable." Here lies the paradox of the plant in that its rooted nature renders the encounter "with another individual" somewhat complex.

We shall study the case of the orchid, a plant whose attempt to assuage its desire of the other motivated the elaboration of diverse strategies.

Observing a flower working on its sexuality for 83 million years can be our opportunity to question our own.