A large format, heavily illustrated look at the wide adaptability and rich diversity of the plant kingdomAll the plants around us today are descended from simple algae that emerged thanmillion years ago While new plant species are still being discovered, it is thought that there are around , species in existence From towering redwood trees and diminutive mosses to plants that have stinging hairs and poisons, the diverse range of plant life is extraordinary How Plants Work is a fascinating inquiry into, and celebration of, the complex plant kingdomWith an extended introduction explaining the basics of plant morphology the study of plant structures and their functions this book moves beyond mere classification and anatomy by emphasizing the relationship between a plant and its environment It provides evolutionary context drawn from the fossil record and information about the habitats in which species evolved and argues for the major influence of predation on plant form Each section of the book focuses on a specific part of the plant such as roots, stems and trunks, leaves, cones and flowers, and seeds and fruits and how these manifest in distinct species, climates, and regions The conclusion examines the ways humans rely on plant life and have harnessed their capacity for adaptation through selection and domesticationAbundantly illustrated withcolor images documenting a wide range of examples, How Plants Work is a highly informative account about an integral part of our natural worldcolor photos and meticulously drawn figuresScanning electron microscopy images offer close up views of plant structuresDiverse examples from around the worldPlant morphology in an evolutionary context

6 thoughts on “How Plants Work: Form, Diversity, Survival

  1. nwl nwl says:

    The book was almost overwhelmingly beautiful At times the text was an absolute joy, even if at other times, at least for someone like myself, whose school biology was far too long ago, far too inadequate, and that touched only a bit on botany, it did involve rather heavy use of the glossary Unfortunately, coming at botany practically through gardening does not provide much familiarity with the technical vocabulary At the same time, there are enough little bits of information that the book could even work really well as a coffee table book But even without the fascinating and beautiful illustrations, it is wonderful for anyone blessed or cursed with real intellectual curiosity It is so good to have something that can pull together basic information, spectacular and informative illustrations, often with electron microscope pictures, and that bit that makes one start to think about, and if , or what if.

  2. Nicholas Warren Nicholas Warren says:

    I love this book I also like reading botany textbooks though it s outside of my field I m a geologist and deeper layperson material as well, but this hits the sweet spot of being an extremely informative coffee table book The pictures are gorgeous and informative, the text is rich and educational If you have an interest in plants, pick this book up.

  3. Jack Pepper Jack Pepper says:

    Text, illustrations, and photos are marvelous It has a comprehensive index and excellent glossary.

  4. Michael W. Brooks Michael W. Brooks says:

    Books this beautiful aren t usually this informative I am glad that I fought my prejudice against coffee table books.

  5. Steve Justis Steve Justis says:

    There s always so much to learn about the plant world and How Plants Work goes deep into their world Excellent illustrations.

  6. Ryan Ryan says:

    Amazing book about the biology of all types of plants.