The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers

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Baker & Taylor
Explains the process of pollination and its impact on our lives, and includes photographs, illustrations, and electron microscopy images.

Firefly Books Ltd
A beautiful illustrated guide to the structure and form of pollen investigates pollination and fertilization, its impact our lives, and includes photographs, illustrations and electron microscopy images. The authors are an artist and a plant scientist.

A scientific and artistic collaboration reveals a stunning, even sensual, microscopic world.

Pollen grains have fascinated the scientifically curious since the 17th century. They are minute, almost impossible to see without a high-powered microscope, and remain hidden beyond the beauty o the flower until the moment of release. Then the grains, like alien spaceships, are carried by wind, water or animal to achieve their purpose of procreation.

This beautifully produced and highly original book by an artist and botanical scientist portrays the perfect designs of these microscopic organisms. Special light and scanning electron microscopy are used to obtain astonishing images of pollen grains, which are combined with exquisite photographs of the parent plants.

Pollen describes and illustrates in minute detail the reproductive workings of plants ranging from tulips and lilies to orchids and palms. The structure and form of pollen set the scene for the remarkable events that occur from pollination to fertilization. Also included are literary references to plant reproduction, as well as early botanical illustrations.

Pollen is an intriguing book that is both informative and surprisingly beautiful.

Book News
Harley (Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, UK) and Kesseler (Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UK) combine a scientific fascination with the role of pollen grains in the sexual reproduction of plants with an aesthetic appreciation of pollen grains as "perfect masterpieces of natural architecture and structural engineering--and often breathtakingly beautiful." This twin focus is reflected in the fact that the textual introduction to the science of pollen is accompanied by numerous large color photographs and other illustrations that quite impressively demonstrate the quoted point above. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont, Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781554072194
Characteristics: 264 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 x 32 cm


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Ham625 Jul 15, 2015

Pictures not as good as "Bizarre and Incredible World" and "Wonders of the Plant Kingdom," but it is a better book because of author Harley's teaching and pictures which show flowers and pollen on facing pages with captions. While all the books are excellent, I consider this the best.


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