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Best Botany Books

Recommendations from 12 articles, Maria Popova, Mark Duplass, Morgan Housel and 10 others.
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Inside the Secret World of Plants
DK - 2018-10-23
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Discover the extraordinary diversity of the plant world - and how plants work - with this photographic celebration of the trees, flowers, and foliage plants that share our planet.From tiny mosses and delicate ferns to vibrant blooms and stately palms, Flora invites you to explore the plant kingdom from the ground up, and from root to leaf tip. DK's...
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Gathering Moss
A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
Robin Wall Kimmerer - 2003-02-28
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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide, nor is...
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The Hidden Life of Trees
What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World (The Mysteries of Nature (1))
Peter Wohlleben - 2016-09-13 (first published in 2015)
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In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their childre...
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Nature Anatomy
The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World
Julia Rothman - 2015-01-27 (first published in 2014)
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See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, every page is an extraordinary look at all kinds of subjects, from mineral formation and the inside of a volcano to what makes sunsets, monarch butterfly ...
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Botany in a Day
The Patterns Method of Plant Identification
Thomas J. Elpel - 2013-06-10 (first published in 1998)
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Now you can cut years off the process of learning about plants. Learn how related plants have similar features for identification. Discover how they often have similar properties and similar uses. Toms book takes you beyond the details towards a greater understanding of the patterns among plants. Most plant books cover only one or two hundred speci...
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The Botany of Desire
A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Michael Pollan - 2002-05-28 (first published in 2001)
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Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He ...
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The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart - 2013-03-19
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Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when a Dutch physician added oil of juniper to a clear spirit, believing that juniper berries would cure kidney disorders. "The Drunken Botanist" uncovers the enlightening botanical history and the fascinating scienc...
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Botany for Gardeners
Brian Capon - 2010-05-21 (first published in 1990)
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“An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden visitor.” —Bloomsbury Review   What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How are plants structured? How do plants reproduce? The answers to these and other questions about complex plant processes can be found in the bestselling Botany for ...
The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann
The Botany Coloring Book by Paul Young
Practical Botany for Gardeners by Geoff Hodge
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in WildPlaces by Steve Brill
The Botanical Bible by Sonya Patel Ellis