The Orchid Thief - Study Guide The Good Life Summary & Analysis

Susan Orlean
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Some of the stolen orchids that Laroche takes from the Fakahatchee Strand die. The others are glued onto trees in the swamp. Orchids are tougher than they might look. Susan then mentions a number of plants that are incredibly hardy living in Florida. Some of these plants include the melaleuca, which had been brought there to be an ornamental landscape plant. They drink enough water to drain an acre of wetlands a day and had been used to help drain the Everglades "useless" swamp areas. They now are a prominent sight in south Florida along with Brazilian pepper trees, Asian cogon grass, alligator weed, Chinese water-spinach, and the poisonous South American toad, which now can grow up to three pounds and seven inches long.

Susan drives throughout Florida and is amazed by its space, emptiness and flatness while driving the back...

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