Flora

£30.00

Discover the extraordinary diversity of the plant world – and how plants work – with this photographic celebration of the trees, flowers, and foliage plants that share our planet. From tiny mosses and delicate ferns to vibrant blooms and stately palms, ‘Flora’ invites you to explore the plant kingdom from the ground up, and from root to leaf tip. DK’s elegant introduction to botany is packed with sumptuous photos and crystal-clear artworks that explain the mechanics of photosynthesis, why leaves change colour, how cacti store water, and how seeds know when to grow. Filled with fascinating stories of how plant roots and leaves communicate with their neighbours and how flowers use colour and scent to interact with – and manipulate – the creatures around them, ‘Flora’ is a fresh and engaging introduction to the mysterious inner workings of the plant world.

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Description

Let the experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew 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 metre 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.

Additional information

Weight 2204 g
Dimensions 307 × 258 × 32 mm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

360

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

580 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K