The Book of Seeds: A lifesize guide to six hundred species from around the world (Hardback)Dr. Paul Smith (author)
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"A sumptuous guide to 600 of the world's weirdest and most beautiful species, from the black seed with hair like Donald Trump to pinhead-sized orchid seeds." - The Guardian
"The book drives home the incredible botanical wealth that is found on our precious blue planet." - The English Garden
True time capsules of life, seeds are significant items of hope and promise. They are the most complex organs plants ever produce, and come in an enormously diverse range of shapes, sizes, and colours; from the impressive coco de mer nut to the microscopic seeds of an orchid, to the extraordinary cobalt blue of the traveller's palm pit.
Seeds are often overshadowed by the adult plant's size and show. Here, 600 seeds are spotlit, each given equal attention, each shown as glorious photographs, life size and in detail, alongside an engraving of the parent plant. Every profile includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, and a commentary revealing notable characteristics, related species, and a diagnosis of the specimen's importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, dispersal method, and scientific significance. Arranged taxonomically, this essential reference reveals the variety and importance of seeds to an extent never seen before.
Publisher: The Ivy Press
Number of pages: 656
Dimensions: 270 x 180 mm
"The book drives home the incredible botanical wealth that is found on our precious blue planet." * The English Garden *
"'The Book of Seeds is a stunning compendium of one of nature's finest creations" * The Big Issue *
"A thorough and detailed book that gives a better understanding of the miracle of seeds." * The Chatty Gardener *
"Weird and wonderful. This is the bible of seeds." * Country & Town House *
"A compelling account of one of the fundamentals of the ecology of our planet. Although written by experts, the writing is clear and accessible to the general reader." * Gardens Illustrated *
"At last, conclusive evidence that the best things in life are wrapped up in small packages! This essential reference reveals the variety and importance of seeds to an extent never seen before." * Period Ideas *
"Whoever dreamed up this idea is a genius. The Book of Seeds is a thing of great beauty that will appeal to cooks and gardeners alike. This stunningly illustrated book features a seed from around the world on every page, enlarged so that you can view each in extraordinary detail and with a life-size version alongside." * The Daily Mail *
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