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Around the World in 80 Plants

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This book, which I admit I didn't finish, is a hodgepodge of variously gathered facts and impressions of plants from around the world. Helping to paint the picture of not just what each plant looks like, but how it is used, where it sits in the landscape and how it interacts with wildlife, are Lucille Clerc's beautiful illustrations. Most of his choices are two pages - a few are four and those have more illustrations possibly likely due to the diversity (squashes, pumpkins and gourds) or the history (cocoa). She is delighted with it and says it is both a beautiful and a very informative addition to her library of gardening books.

The 1 or 2 page stories about each plant are very accessible, interesting and intriguing, telling the stories about the history of the plant, where it is found and why it has evolved to be a certain way. Once again, the production quality of this book is astounding and impressive (immediately noticeable are the thick pages) and wonderful illustrations that show the full plant, details and a bit of its surroundings either on one page or on a double-spread. La capacita dell'autore di rendere fruibile una materia cosi di nicchia come quella della botanica è davvero impressionante, tanto da farmi consigliare questo libro anche a chi come me non è appassionato ad un mondo cosi vasto come quello delle piante, che richiede una nozione di base scientifica appartenente solo a chi ha affrontato un certo percorso di studi. Applied externally, it has shown promise for treating burns, but eating just a handful of black liquorice a day for a fortnight can interfere with some of the body’s hormone systems and cause high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia and muscle weakness.In this, Jonathan Drori has written another remarkable book and distilled fascinating content into each two-page exposé. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

An inspirational and beautifully illustrated book that tells the stories of 80 plants from around the globe. I have a small gripe with the illustration style - whilst I understand the choice, it wasn’t always clear what the entire plant actually looked like (scale, detail, etc), and I found myself frequently turning to google to get a better idea. All of the plants in the book have a history of being useful at some point, whether that's the peacock flower of Barbosa or the Nutmeg plant. Just look how they can warn one another in case of danger either by producing scent molecules (yeah, sorry, but I have to break it to you that that wonderful smell after mowing the lawn is actually a cry for help and warning to others) or by firing signals through the root network! An exquisite follow up to his Around the World in 80 Trees, Drori is the David Attenborough of the plant world, sharing his immense fascination and love of plants with any who are lucky enough to listen.De wetenschappelijke naam, hoe de plant eruit ziet, de plaats in de geschiedenis, cultuur en mythologie,… echt een fijne ontdekkingstocht!

Not only a key component in the food chain but also carbon sequestration in amounts far beyond what the land-based plants can provide. This goes through some sad histories and some amazing and some which has subtly been side lined in our collective histories. I loved the writing style and interesting information about each plant - I often stopped to read a few sentences to my husband, or made sure to share some of it with him later. Dandelion - the latex/white sap has been used to manufacture rubber tires since World War II and a specific variety of Russian dandelion gives high yield.I'm very tempted to travel to some of these countries to find them and see if I can apply my new knowledge. US manufacturers are investigating and apparently there are dandelion latex tires available in Europe.

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Them being common or not, each of the 80 plants have their own astonishing, mind-blowing history and secrets to marvel at. At times the book made me angry and frustrated, and I was ready to pull out the highlighter and mark up botanical inaccuracies in it later (since I listened to the audiobook in the car I couldn't do it in the moment). Our author travels the globe via plants, like a plantsman Phineas Fogg, from Nettle and Mistletoe here to Saffron crocus and mandrake in Southern Europe to damask rose in South Asia to vanilla in Africa. Around the World in 80 Plants by Jonathan Drori and illustrated by Lucille Clerc — Two years ago I picked up ‘Around the World in 80 Trees’ because it kept talking to me every time I was in McNally Jackson on Prince Street so when I saw there was going to be a Plant follow-up I was delighted.

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