How the Rose Got Its Thorns: And Other Botanical Stories By Andrew Ormerod Cover Image

How the Rose Got Its Thorns: And Other Botanical Stories (Hardcover)

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Have you ever wondered why the rose has thorns and other flowers don't; why the daffodil is the color it is; or why some plants have shiny leaves and others matte?

How The Rose Got its Thorns reveals the inner workings of our favorite flowers and trees. Designed to help gardeners, both novice and experienced, better understand how plants grow, the book is easy to navigate - it is divided into 50 chapters, each one a story.

Accompanied by specially commissioned color illustrations, each chapter explains the science behind how plants work and the extraordinary processes they have evolved: such as protecting themselves from predators using chemicals; attracting pollinators using scent, shape and color; growing in low or high temperatures; their relationship with the wind; the size and pattern of their leaves; the distribution of their seeds and survival strategies; their relationship with insects; how they allocate their resources; and how they retain water efficiently.

This delightful and intriguing book offers readers an accessible way to better understand how our plants evolved into the species of today.

About the Author

Dr Andrew Ormerod is a botanist who holds an honours degree in Agricultural Botany and a doctorate in Plant Breeding. He has held positions at Reading University and Unilever Research and is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent. He worked at the Eden Project for 15 years, from when it first opened in 1998, and where he was involved in plant procurement for the exhibits. He regularly lectures, gives tours and is the author of the successful plant blog, Cornucopiaalchemy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781529430554
ISBN-10: 1529430550
Publisher: Mobius
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English