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Fifty plants that changed the course of history.Artist/Author: Laws, Bill.
A beautifully presented guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Entries range from crops like rice and wheat that feed whole populations, to herbs and spices that are highly prized for their medicinal qualities. Weaving together strands of economic, political, and industrial history, each entry is a fascinating look at the most influential plants known to mankind.
Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s TreesArtist/Author: Pollet, Cedric.
OUT OF PRINT. This book is the culmination of ten years of photography dedicated to finding the most beautiful examples of tree bark around the globe. The author presents the most spectacular, striking and remarkable examples of bark that he has found across the five continents. Each image is a work of art in itself, and is accompanied by a photograph of the tree in its natural environment, along with information about its origins and uses. Cedric Pollet has combined his scientific background and his passion for plants to create a highly informative text, which compliments the beauty of his photographs.
The Ambonese Herbal: Volumes One to SixArtist/Author: Rumphius, Georgius Everhardus.
Over the course of five decades, the seventeenth-century naturalist Georgius Everhardus Rumphius assiduously gathered information on the native plants of Ambon Island and its archipelago. By presenting descriptions of the plants and their multiple uses, he succeeded in creating a cultural and scientific treasury of incomparable value not only for his contemporaries but also for today’s botanists, anthropologists, ethnobotanists, science historians, medicinal chemists, and other scholars. Rumphius’ comprehensive reference, complete with 811 original illustrations, describes in remarkable detail more than 2,000 plants, their habitats, and their economic and medicinal uses. He also records native plant names in Malay, Latin, Dutch, and Ambonese – and often in Macassarese and South Chinese as well. In an illuminating introduction, E.M. Beekman discusses the Herbal’s significance for tropical botanical literature, examines Rumphius’ influence on Linnaeus’ work, and surveys the Indonesian economic and medicinal uses of the plants Rumphius described. Beekman also provides invaluable annotations throughout the Herbal.
The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World’s Great TreesArtist/Author: Coombes, Allen J, and Zsolt Debreczy.
The Book of Leaves offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most impressive and beautiful leaves from around the world.
Each leaf is reproduced here at its actual size in full-colour photographs taken on a lightbox and is accompanied by details of the range, distribution, abundance, and habitat of the tree on which its found, as well as brief scientific and historical accounts. From the familiar friends of our backyards to the giants of the deep woods, The Book of Leaves brings the forest to life and to our living rooms as never before.
Why People Need PlantsArtist/Author: Wood, Carlton and Nicolette Habgood, editors.
This book explores the crucial role that plants play in the everyday lives of all of us – readers are introduced to those areas that are likely to stimulate their interest in plants. Plants and their products are important not just as staple foods and drinks but also increasingly as biofuels, bioplastics, medicines and even for catching criminals and in combating climate change.
The use of genetically modified staple crops for starving populations and the importance of conserving the diversity of our natural heritage both within the UK and globally is also covered.
New trees: recent introductions to cultivation.Artist/Author: Grimshaw, John et al.
Approximately 1,000 species are described in this text, accompanied throughout with line drawings by Hazel Wilks and colour photographs. Each species account provides a botanical description and discussion of the tree in the wild, together with its attributes, performance and cultivation requirements in the garden. Conservation notes are also included. The book diverges from the ‘Bean’ approach in being international in scope, drawing on examples and information from the temperate areas of North America and Europe (excluding the hot southern USA and the mild Mediterranean coastline), and its coverage is restricted to trees (normally with a single stem) – excluding shrubby plants.
The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant NamesArtist/Author: von Erhardt, Walter, et al.
OUT OF PRINT. This reference has the current names of thousands of plants found in gardens and the wild. Based in science and valuable to botanists, horticulturists, agronomists, and foresters who must work with plants on a daily basis, it is also useful for advanced gardeners who seek accurate and precise information on the plants they grow. Includes the English, French, and German common names for most of the 20,000 plants described. More than 10,000 synonyms are also included. The level of detail in each entry is comprehensive: type of plant, life cycle, geographic distribution, growing habit, foliage type, cold-hardiness (using USDA hardiness zones), flowering time, garden habitat, botanical author, medicinal or toxic properties, cut flower use or decorative fruits, fragrance value, endangered protection status, and vernacular name in up to three languages, with cross-references to Latin names.
Trees and Forests Colour Guide: Biology, Pathology, Propagation, Silviculture, Surgery, Biomes, Ecology, ConservationArtist/Author: Bowes, Bryan G., editor.
Trees are one of the dominant features of our existence on earth and play a fundamental role in the environment. This book gives the reader an overview and understanding of trees. Subject areas covered include ecology and conservation, tree anatomy and evolution, pathology, silviculture, propagation, and surgery. The different chapters cover trees from various world habitats, from northern boreal and montane coniferous forests to tropical and subtropical rainforests. The book is fully illustrated throughout with the highest quality color photos and is invaluable to professionals and students in plant science, plant biology, ecology, and conservation and to those working in forestry and arboriculture.
Mind-Altering and Poisonous Plants of the WorldArtist/Author: Wink, Michael and Ben-Erik van Wyk.
OUT OF PRINT. Since ancient times, poisonous plants and mushrooms have been used for hunting, murder and magic. Most cultures of the world have learnt to avoid these plants or to use them with discretion. Many of the plants are still widely used as traditional medicine for their therapeutic value in the treatment of diseases. Others are popular as recreational drugs or for ceremonial and spiritual purposes.
Hazardous plants are commonly used as garden ornamentals, pot plants or florist flowers, and many people are no longer aware of the inherent dangers posed by toxic plants or medicines derived from them. Also included in this illustrated guide are plants causing irritation and inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes. A special focus is on psychoactive plants which can have stimulant, sedative, hypnotic, narcotic or hallucinogenic properties, such as coca, opium, cannabis and scopolamine.
Mind-Altering and Poisonous Plants of the World gives the reader a bird’s eye view of all the famous and well-known poisonous and mind-altering plants of the world. The book is presented as a compact, colourful and scientifically accurate reference text. It covers more than 1200 of the most important plants that people are likely to be exposed to. More than 200 of the most important poisonous and mind-altering plants are treated in depth in short monographs, covering their diagnostic characters, region of origin and distribution, active ingredients, toxicity, symptoms of intoxication and possible modes of action. Each monograph provides information on first aid treatment.
Mind-Altering and Poisonous Plants of the World is a must for gardeners, farmers, veterinarians, students, botanists, pharmacists, chemists, doctors and poison centres. The compact format and encyclopedic style will be useful to rapidly access information on poisonous plants.
The lost language of plants: the ecological importance of plant medicines to life on Earth.Artist/Author: Buhner, Stephen Harrod.
This is a devastating expose about how we are polluting our environment with the pharmaceuticals that Western medicine has developed to heal us. Yet, as we foul our air and water with toxic residues, we overlook the power of the planet’s natural healers, stabilizers, and chemists – plants. Buhner sees plants as fully sentient beings, adjusting and fine-tuning to the environment just as they have done for the past 500 million years. Until recently, humans shared the language of plants, but increasingly we have lost our ability to communicate with the natural world, Buhner shows us a path back to our shamanic roots.
Mabberley’s plant-book: a portable dictionary of plants, their classifications and uses.Artist/Author: Mabberley, David J.
An internationally accepted reference text for anyone studying, growing or writing about plants. In over 20,000 entries this comprehensive dictionary provides information on every family and genus of seed-bearing plant (including gymnosperms) plus ferns and clubmosses, combining taxonomic details and uses with English and other vernacular names. In this new edition each entry has been updated to take into consideration the most recent literature, notably the great advances from molecular analyses, and over 1650 additional new entries (including ecologically and economically important genera of mosses) have been added, ensuring that this book continues to rank among the most practical and authoritative botanical texts available.
What Tree is That? (Third Edition)Artist/Author: Macoboy, Stirling.
A comprehensive reference book on the trees of the world, including: more than 300 genera and 900 species; 850 superb colour photographs; every entry illustrated; and practical information on growth habits and cultivation methods
Now in its third edition, this reference book for Australian gardeners, by the late, best-selling author Stirling Macoboy, has been in print for almost 30 years. The completely revised edition, with existing entries updated and new ones added.