The Tree that has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages
One of humankind’s oldest companions, the hawthorn tree is embedded in the memory of every culture across the northern hemisphere. This informative book explores the little-recognized political, cultural and natural history of the plant. Its fruits made the first wine, its flowers and thorns played a key role in pagan and Christian symbolism, and for thousands of years it was used to create the impenetrable hedges that have shaped the landscape of Europe.
Insectivorous plants exercise a curious fascination; their ability to capture living creatures is so alien to anything we expect of a plant. In this classic study, first published in 1875, the author of The Origin of Species explains, by means of detailed observation and experiments, how these curious organisms trap and digest their prey, and absorb nutrients from them. His findings will surprise today’s readers as much as they did the Victorians.
A Microscopic Voyage into the Plant Cell
The eminent botanist Stephen Blackmore tells the story of plant life on Earth, from the origin of the first cell more than three billion years ago to the present, and traces our quest to understand these structures, from the invention of the microscope to modern scanning electron microscopes. Illustrated with images made possible by advanced microscopy, the book explores the world of plant cells and explains how, through photosynthesis, they create the energy on which all life on Earth depends.
The European Garden Flora
Running to five large hardback volumes, this is an exhaustive reference work for the identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Reorganized and revised in line with the latest taxonomic knowledge, this second edition meets a high scientific standard but is nevertheless aimed at the informed gardener as well as the professional botanist. Nominally a survey of European flora, the information covers species cultivated in most areas of the USA and non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia.