The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants

The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants

Book - 2009
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Science and art collaborate to reveal a stunning, even sensual, microscopic world.

Three landmark books -- Pollen , Seeds and Fruit -- were published in 2006 and 2008 to rave reviews: "breathtaking," "ravishing," "spectacular," "enlightening," "truly revelatory" and "beautiful almost beyond description." In The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants , the authors bring the best of these books together in one volume that is a fascinating union of art and science.

Visual artist Rob Kesseler uses special light techniques and scanning electron microscopy to create astonishing images of a variety of pollens, seeds and fruits. His razor-sharp cross sections reveal intricate interiors, pods, pouches, keys and other examples of botanical architecture and seed dispersal.

Seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy and palynologist Madeline Harley deftly explain the botanical purposes of the pollens, seeds and fruit, how they fulfill their missions and their roles in preserving the biodiversity of our planet. Literary references to plant reproduction are featured along with early botanical illustrations.

The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants is groundbreaking in its intimate examination of plant reproduction. It is an essential reference for artists, designers and photographers and will fascinate gardeners and general readers.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781554075331
Branch Call Number: 580 St95b
Characteristics: [144 p.] : col. ill. ; 26 cm


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Ham625 Jun 27, 2015

Stunning pictures of pollen, of flowers a little less sharp. But the picture captions and identification should be with the picture not in tiny print in an index.

Dheader Jun 26, 2012

A beautiful coffee table book covering the world of plants with page after page of glossy pictures, most at the microscopic level, with false-color.

While stunning and lovely to look at, the descriptions of most photographs appear only in the appendix at the end of the book. Recommended for its visual appeal, but frustrating due to the difficulty in knowing what was being shown without extensive page flipping.

Mar 19, 2010

Great photography, much of it microscopic, of pollen, seeds and fruits. Cute photo of a fruit bat at dinner. Otherwise, not particularly interesting.

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