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Perfectly Peculiar Plants: Take a Walk through Earth's Weirdest, Wildest and Most ...

Perfectly Peculiar Plants: Take a Walk through Earth's Weirdest, Wildest and Most ...

Current price: $17.95
Publication Date: September 20th, 2018
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A 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K–12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council).

This exuberant celebration of the weird and wonderful world of plants is full of unexpected facts, perfect for budding botanists and armchair art lovers alike. A vibrant, close-up exploration of plants, this colorful book focuses on the extraordinary and unexpected, from the tiny bee orchid to the mighty strangler fig.

Looking at plants from across the globe, the specimens featured include carnivorous and poisonous species; plants that provide us with food, materials, or medicine; those that have a special symbiotic relationship with animals or other plants; as well as especially rare or record-breaking species. Among many other awesome plants, discover:

  • Lithops hookeri, the pebble plant that disguises itself as a stone to hide from predators;
  • Nepenthes lowii, the tree shrew toilet pitcher that thrives on nutrients from tree shrew droppings;
  • Drosera rotundifolia, the sundew that digests insects after trapping them with sticky dew-like droplets; and
  • Selaginella lepidophylla, the resurrection plant that can survive for years without any rainwater at all.

As you explore these amazing species, gain a foundation of knowledge about the plant kingdom. How do plants get energy? Can plants talk? Why do plants have flowers? Can plants move? Learn how plants get energy and nutrients, how animals and plants work together, how plants can send out chemical messages, and finally, how to protect plants and their habitats.

Bursting with color, there’s something new and unexpected to discover on every page of this celebration of fierce and fabulous plants.

About the Author

Dr. Chris Thorogood is a plant hunter and botanist who has been fascinated by plants for a long as he can remember, having spent much of his childhood growing bizarre and unusual plants including carnivores and parasites. He is now Head of Science & Public Engagement at Oxford University Botanic Garden, England. Chris is the author of Weird Plants (Kew Publishing, 2018) as well as several botanic field guides.

Catell Ronca was born in Basel, Switzerland and lives and works in Lucerne. Catell graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and works for a variety of international clients in publishing, editorial and advertising. Her work is regularly recognized in Illustration Annuals. Her plant illustrations are expressive, bold, lively, and saturated in color. 

Praise for Perfectly Peculiar Plants: Take a Walk through Earth's Weirdest, Wildest and Most ...

“Fascinating and unexpected.”
 —Book Riot