Bizarre, Incredible and Beautiful

From pollen to seeds to fruits, you'll see the intricacies of plant reproduction in a whole new way as you peruse the fantastic photographic images in The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants (Firefly Books, 2009). A compilation of the best of three earlier books, this volume is a visual feast of incredible, close-up photographs by visual artist Rob Kessler, who used special light and scanning electron microscopy to capture everything from an up-close view of the minute hairs covering the skin of a peach to the astounding array of shapes, sizes and structures of seeds and pollen.

These entrancing images are accompanied by interesting information from seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy and pollen expert Madeline Harley on the botanical purposes of plants' reproductive structures and the roles they play in preserving biodiversity. You'll find out about the many strategies plants have devised for getting their pollen and seeds where they need to go for the continuation of the species. For example, you'll learn that the largest seed in the world is carried by the nut of the Seychelles palm and that only 10% of plants are wind-pollinated. What a great way to increase your botanical knowledge!

For more information on The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants, go to: Firefly Books .

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