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The Book of Seeds : A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World / Paul Smith.

Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (656 pages) : 600 color plates, 600 line drawings
Subjects:
Seeds -- Identification.
Seeds -- Pictorial works.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
Seeds are nature's consummate survivors. The next time you admire a field of waving green grassland or a stunning grove of acacia, stop to consider how it got that way-often against incredible odds. Seeds can survive freezing temperatures and drought. They can pass through our digestive systems without damage and weather a trip across the ocean, hitching a ride on marine debris. They can even endure complete desiccation, a feat taken to extraordinary lengths by the date palm, a seed from which was recovered from the palace of Herod the Great was germinated after some two thousand years. The Book of Seeds takes readers through six hundred of the world's seed species, revealing their extraordinary beauty and rich diversity. Each page pairs a beautifully composed photo of a seed-life-size, and, in some cases, enlarged to display fine detail-with a short description, a map showing distribution, and information on conservation status. The whole spectrum of seeds is covered here. There are prolific species like corn and less widely distributed species, like the brilliant blue seeds of the traveler's palm or the bird of paradise flower, aptly named for its distinctive orange coiffure. There are tiny seeds and seeds weighing up to forty pounds. And while seeds in all their shapes, sizes, and colors grant us sustenance, there are even some we would be wise to treat with caution, such as the rosary pea, whose seeds are considered more toxic than ricinches The essential guide to these complex plant creations, The Book of Seeds offers readers a rare, up-close look that will inspire scientists and nature lovers alike.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS A SEED?
HOW DID SEED PLANTS EVOLVE?
SEEDS and HUMANS
SEED CONSERVATION
PLANT DIVERSITY and WHY IT MATTERS
SEED-BEARING PLANTS
CYCADOPHYTA
GINKGOPHYTA and GNETOPHYTA
PINOPHYTA
MAGNOLIOPHYTA
APPENDICES
GLOSSARY
RESOURCES
ABBREVIATIONS in AUTHOR NAMES
NOTES on CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX of COMMON NAMES
INDEX of SCIENTIFIC NAMES
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 06. Jan 2021)
Contributor:
Smith, Paul, editor., Editor,
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780226362373
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226362373 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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