Around the World in 80 Plants

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Around the World in 80 Plants

Around the World in 80 Plants

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Helping to paint the picture of not just what each plant looks like, but how it is used, where it sits in the landscape and how it interacts with wildlife, are Lucille Clerc's beautiful illustrations. Take this particularly appealing description of the nutmeg plant: 'Girdling the shiny nut is a succulent, lacy layer, an utterly sensual blood-red aril, or seed covering, which is itself surrounded by a fleshy husk. I loved the writing style and interesting information about each plant - I often stopped to read a few sentences to my husband, or made sure to share some of it with him later. The 1 or 2 page stories about each plant are very accessible, interesting and intriguing, telling the stories about the history of the plant, where it is found and why it has evolved to be a certain way.

They are generous, with every plant having at least on page and often more, showing the shoots, the variations, the way humans and animals use them, the flowers, everything about it you can imagine. From the unfurling leaves of the silver tree fern to the colours and impossible shapes of some unique and strange-looking orchids, these drawings add yet another layer of delight. In a previous life at the BBC, he was Executive Producer of more than fifty prime-time science documentaries and popular series. For the record, I am a professional botanist, but I don't mind a little whimsy, love art and history, but I can't stand scientific inaccuracies (unless it is part of fiction, of course). As well as incredible facts about each plant, the author provides details of related human history, from the quirky to the abhorrent.

Soybeans are one of the most nutritious plant foods, rich in edible oil and, even by the standards of legumes, an excellent source of protein, although they are not to be eaten raw, as they contain substances that interfere with our digestion. Yet tobacco has killed and maimed more people than any other plant, and uses 40,000 square kilometres (15,500 square miles) of the Earth’s surface that could grow food or be set aside to conserve valuable forest habitats. In his follow-up to the bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori takes another trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. Apparently Malcolm X used nutmeg in jail for a high; it was banned in prisons in the US to avoid misuse. It's a weird little aversion, and maybe it's from that time I pet a cactus as a child and learned what "regret" meant, but regardless of the reason, it's a thing for me.

A lot of her personal work is inspired by London’s architecture and the relationship between Nature and urbanisation. Se poi a questo aggiungiamo i bellissimi disegni di Lucille Clerc, che non sono secondi nemmeno alla migliore enciclopedia illustrata, Il giro del mondo in 80 piante diventa un libro assolutamente adatto a tutti. If you read extensively on many subjects, then here's another fascinating book to add to your collection - you'll love this one.Random facts can be fun, but not when there is a lot of anthropomorphisms going around, misunderstandings of science and especially ecology, biogeography, and morphology. Structured by continent, this book guides the reader around the world, dipping into the stories of the tiny, the towering, the parasitic and the submarine. I wonder what criteria Drori considered when picking his 80 plants to cover because he certainly covered the world and every continent - including the ocean! The clever and gentle commentary on the plants themselves are the bones of the book, but the illustrations are the heart. Some of the unusual and strange facts will be completely new and fascinating to even very expert plants people.

Also when your tuber is exposed to light and starts to look a bit green (it's only chlorophyll) but the exposure may have concentrated the toxins in the skin so you really need to cut off the green area or just discard the potato. With its fascinating blend of the cultural, historic and scientific, Jonathan Drori's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES led readers on a global tour telling the stories of people and plants. You will learn so much and walks in the countryside will never quite be the same - who knew nettles were males and female and so important for wildlife? Op het einde geeft Jonathan Drori de lezers nog handige tips om op een nieuwe manier naar planten te kijken, om je bewondering aan te wakkeren. As with much of the natural world, the more one learns about the individual plant species and the stories that tell of our interactions with them-whether positive or negative-the more intriguing they become.He brings with him a cheerfully wry sense of humour and a wonderful way of explaining to the previously ignorant the golden nuggets of fact, the "did you knows? Jonathan Drori] comes to this book with a lifetime of experience and a passion for talking about - and encouraging the preservation of - plants, trees, insects and birds.



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