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This extraordinary compilation showcases weird, mysterious and bizarre plants from around the world. Plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap, and this unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants have turned the tables on animals. Author Chris Thorogood showcases these plant behaviours, the interrelationships among plants, the interdependencies between plants and animals, and the intrigue of plant evolution.
All types of weird and sinister are featured in this book, from carnivorous plants that drug, drown and consume unsuspecting insect prey; giant pitcher plants that have evolved toilets for tree shrews; flowers that mimic rotting flesh to attract pollinating flies, and orchids that duplicitously look, feel and even smell like a female insect to bamboozle sex-crazed male bees. Familiar plants such as the Venus fly trap and bird of paradise are featured, along with a host of the un-familiar, such as the parasitic devil’s guts, the monkey-face orchid and a tropical tree with flowers that resemble a pair of ruby red lips.
The book is illustrated throughout with a unique collection of life-like oil paintings by the author, who has encountered these weird plants around the world.
This isn’t a book about pretty wallflowers who sit on the sidelines waiting to be attended to. These are rude plants. They’ve got backbone. Elizabeth Greatrex, .Cent
This charming book should open the eyes of the plant-averse to the wonderful – and weird – life of plants. Nigel Chaffey, Botany One
...beautiful and easy to read...a book to inspire any reader. Robbie Blackhall-Miles, The Garden
...a child-like enchantment for a world-wide assortment of botanical curiosities. John de la Parra, Economic Botany
Chris Thorogood is a botanist at the University of Oxford. He studied parasitic plant biology for his PhD at the University of Bristol where he then worked as a postdoctoral researcher. He is the author of Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean (Kew Publishing, 2016) which was shortlisted for the Garden Media Guild award in 2016, and co-author of Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve (Kew Publishing, 2014).
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