Flora Inside the secret world of plants

Smithsonian Institution, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Book - 2018

"Explore the intricate inner workings of the plant kingdom--where seeds become shoots, and flowers become fruits--with this spectacular introduction to botany and how plants work. Stunning photography and engaging text combine to explain the intimate secrets of both the familiar and exotic, from roses and lilies to rainforest orchids, mangroves, and cacti. Discover how plants in scorching deserts, on frozen mountain peaks, and along coastal shores adapt to the challenging conditions in whic...h they grow. Learn how roots and leaves provide food and energy, and how plants deploy extraordinary strategies to protect their precious resources from animals and insects--from bristly stems, thorny branches, and sticky resin to chemical messages designed to attract help from other creatures. Chapters on roots, stems and branches, leaves, flowers, and seeds and fruits ensure that every part of the plant is thoroughly explored. Meet plants with leaves that eat meat, flowers that use color and scent to communicate with their pollinators, and trees that withstand hurricanes, as well as seeds and fruits designed to travel phenomenal distances to fertile ground. To complete the picture, there is a detailed catalog of more than 70 significant plant families--from onions and orchids to tree ferns, horsetails, and club mosses--together with a full list of all the families in the plant kingdom."--Dust jacket.

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New York, New York : DK Publishing 2018.
First American edition
Item Description
Foreword by Barbara W. Faust, Director, Smithsonian Gardens.
Physical Description
440 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Includes index and glossary.
Corporate Authors
Smithsonian Institution (contributor), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Other Authors
Jamie (Author of nature books for children) Ambrose (contributor), Ross Bayton, Matt Candeias, Sarah Jose, Andrew Mikolajski, Esther Ripley, David (Writer on natural history) Summers
  • The plant kingdom
  • Roots
  • Stems and branches
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Seeds and fruits
  • Plant families.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This vivid, accessible introduction to botany was produced in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Smithsonian Institution. The synergy provided by the expertise of each institution offers a strong foundation to unpack the mysterious inner workings of the plant world. Detailed color photos dominate the pages, along with lucid text and illustrations that explain everything from the mechanics of photosynthesis to how seeds know when to grow. Chapters are comprehensively divided by roots, stems and branches, leaves, flowers, and seeds and fruits. A glossary supports the basic-level concepts presented. VERDICT This title explores the plant kingdom from the ground up and from root to leaf tip. Highly recommended for anyone remotely curious about botany.—Gary Medina, El Camino Coll., Torrance, CA Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

This beautiful introduction to botany and the mysterious inner workings of the plant world photographically celebrates the trees, flowers and foliage that share our planet.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Let the experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens guide you around the beautiful and mysterious world that is the plant kingdom. From regulating the air we breathe to providing food, clothes, fuels, and medicines – plants are fundamental to our lives. Discover an extraordinary diversity of species, which includes a grass that grows a meter a day, roots that breathe air, and "queen of the night" cactuses whose rare blooms vanish before dawn.  In a combination of art and science, Flora celebrates plants from majestic trees to microscopic algae, explaining how they germinate, grow, and reproduce. It presents species that have evolved to accommodate pollinating insects such as the foxglove, and plants that have adapted to flourish in even the most hostile of habitats.  Pierre-Joseph Redoute in the 18th-century was described as the "Raphael of flowers". Flora showcases his botanical paintings as well as those of Georg Ehret and others in this gorgeous visual celebration of plants through the ages.  Whether you are a keen gardener, naturalist, or botany student, this beautiful book is a treat that will entice, inform, and amaze.