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Trees, wildflowers & plants

See below for a selection of the latest books from Trees, wildflowers & plants category. Presented with a red border are the Trees, wildflowers & plants books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Trees, wildflowers & plants books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Field Guide to the Succulent Euphorbias of southern Africa

Field Guide to the Succulent Euphorbias of southern Africa

Author: Alma Moeller, Rolf Becker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2020

The Field Guide to the Succulent Euphorbias of southern Africa by Alma Moeller and Rolf Becker is a pioneer publication on euphorbias in southern Africa. It is a beautifully illustrated, full colour identification guide that makes it easy for the layperson as well as anybody interested in the flora of southern Africa to identify a particular species. The Guide contains: Introductory chapters containing general information about the species characters, how to identify an euphorbia, growing euphorbias in cultivation, gardening with euphorbias, medicinal and other uses, herbaceous species and invaders. Detailed descriptions of 224 species, including emphasis on distinguishing features, habitat, distribution maps, conservation status, scientific and known common names, as well as notes on similar species. Similar looking species are grouped together in 18 species groups, based on easily recognisable morphological characters. Group 19 contains previously undescribed species, and Group 20 contains species of uncertain status. More than 870 full-colour photographs and illustrations. Taxonomic classification. Glossary and index to scientific and common names.

Yosemite Wildflowers A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Wildflowers A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Yosemite National Park

Author: Barry Breckling, Judy Breckling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Yosemite Valley, one of America's most iconic and recognizable places, has long been a destination for tourists, a proving ground for climbers, and a beloved locale within the country's national park system. But it is also a rich and diverse ecosystem, boasting hundreds of varieties of wildflowers across wide-ranging topography. Its alpine ridges and lowland valleys provide the casual naturalist with a lifetime's worth of fantastic flora, and under the protection of the national park service these natural treasures have flourished. Now, for the first time in over twenty years, a guidebook will catalog and categorize these gorgeous flowers in an appealing and accessible package. Yosemite Wildflowers, by authors and photographers Barry and Judy Breckling, collects and describes the vast number of wildflowers found in the Yosemite area, with tools and hints on proper identification. Whether it is used as a field guide or a keepsake, this book captures the beauty to be found in Yosemite.

Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast A Natural History

Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast A Natural History

Author: Carol Gracie, Eric Lamont Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

An acclaimed, beautifully illustrated introduction to spring-blooming wildflowers of the northeastern United States and Canada This exquisitely illustrated volume provides an accessible, in-depth introduction to spring-blooming wildflowers of the northeastern United States and Canada. Featuring more than 500 detailed color photos and a large, beautifully designed format, the book delves into the life histories of more than thirty-five wildflowers and their relatives, from common favorites, such as bloodroot and Jack-in-the-pulpit, to interesting, lesser-known species, including miterwort and featherfoil. Drawing on a wealth of personal experience and the latest scientific research, and presenting it all in terms anyone can understand, acclaimed naturalist and photographer Carol Gracie invites readers to enhance their appreciation of the beauty of these wildflowers by learning not just their names or how many petals they have, but what pollinates them, how their seeds are dispersed, how they interact with other plants and animals, how Native Americans and other people have used them, and other interesting facts. Each species is illustrated with a range of detailed color photos that not only capture its beauty but illustrate the features discussed in the text and show the plant in its environment alongside the pollinators, herbivores, or seed dispersers with which, in many cases, the wildflower has evolved. Other topics covered include the naming of wildflowers; pathogens and pests; related species in other parts of the world; and wildflowers in history, literature, and art. Presenting authoritative information in an inviting style, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast is an ideal volume for wildflower lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, students, and more. Showcases the most spectacular spring-blooming wildflowers of the northeastern United States and Canada Features more than 500 stunning full-color photos Covers the life histories, lore, and uses of more than 35 species and their relatives Combines the latest scientific research with an easy-to-read style

Blooming Flowers A Seasonal History of Plants and People

Blooming Flowers A Seasonal History of Plants and People

Author: Kasia Boddy Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2020

An evocative and richly illustrated exploration of flowers and how, over the centuries, they have given us so much sustenance, meaning, and pleasure The bright yellow of a marigold and the cheerful red of a geranium, the evocative fragrance of a lotus or a saffron-infused paella-there is no end of reasons to love flowers. Ranging through the centuries and across the globe, Kasia Boddy looks at the wealth of floral associations that has been passed down in perfumes, poems, and paintings; in the design of buildings, clothes, and jewelry; in songs, TV shows, and children's names; and in nearly every religious, social, and political ritual. Exploring the first daffodils of spring and the last chrysanthemums of autumn, this is also a book about seasons. In vibrant detail and drawing on a rich array of illustrations, Boddy considers how the sunflower, poppy, rose, lily-and many others-have given rise to meaning, value, and inspiration throughout history, and why they are integral to so many different cultures.

The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland A Traveller's Guide

The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland A Traveller's Guide

Author: Clifton Bain Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2020

Clifton Bain now completes his trilogy with this look at the Peatlands of Britain and Ireland. A source of fuel for many generations, they are now a haven for wildlife and plants as well as a storehouse of greenhouse gasses. Their social history is one of exploitation and the value of mending and restoring is a major theme of the book. Like its predecessors, The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland will be a sumptuous volume richly illustrated with photographs and with drawings by the wildlife artist Darren Rees.

The Ancient Woods of Helford River

The Ancient Woods of Helford River

Author: Oliver Rackham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2020

The Helford River, Cornwall is a place of wonder and delight: one of the very few places in England where ancient woodland meets the sea. This is oak country, and the oaks have that surprising variety of size and shape that only Cornwall and Devon oaks can offer. Smooth wooded hillsides, subtly mottled with the different greens or browns of individual oak-trees, sweep down to high-water mark. So begins Oliver Rackham's book covering 25 woods, predominantly in the north of the Lizard peninsula, including: Bonallack, Calamansack, Devichoys, Grambla, Gweek, Merthen, Reskymmer, Trelowarren, Tremayne and Treverry. He brings to life the curious industrial and cultural history of this unique area, and shows how these woods have survived and what the future may have in store. Illustrated throughout with photographs, maps and diagrams, this forms the second volume in the regional series The Ancient Woodlands of Britain. This book is published in collaboration with the Woodland Trust.

Ghost Trees Nature and People in a London Parish

Ghost Trees Nature and People in a London Parish

Author: Bob Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

When Bob Gilbert moved to London's East End, he began to record the natural world of his new inner city patch. Especially the trees: their history, their stories, the trees' relationship with people. Bob takes a personal journey of exploration through the generations of trees that have helped shape the London district of Poplar, from the original wildwood through to the street trees of today. Drawing from history and natural history, poetry and painting, myth and magic, he reveals the hidden influences that lost landscapes - the 'ghost trees' - have had on the shape of the city today. Beautifully written, passionate, flecked with 'acts of defiance' against the brutalities of capitalism and urban planning, Ghost Trees captures the very spirit of one unique city community.

RHS The Rose The history of the world's favourite flower in 40 roses

RHS The Rose The history of the world's favourite flower in 40 roses

Author: Brent Elliott Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

The Royal Horticultural Society's The Rose tells the story of the world's favourite flower through 40 of the most popular and interesting species and hybrids. Arranged chronologically, The Rose brings to life the arrival of each flower in European gardens, detailing the history of the layout of rose gardens and the role that roses play in the 'language of flowers'. From the first recorded reference to a rose over 7,000 years ago, these extraordinary flowers have captivated botanists, artists, poets, perfumers and gardeners. A symbol of love and patriotism, a scent and flavour synonymous with the East, and the jewel in the crown of ornamental gardens, roses in all their forms bear a special meaning that spans centuries and crosses oceans. Extraordinary botanical illustrations and extracts from classic texts held in the Royal Horticultural society's world-famous Lindley Library, such as Redoute's Les Roses, Henry Andrew's Roses, Mary Lawrence's Selection of Roses and Victor Paquet's Choix des Plus Belles Roses, complete this authoritative celebration.

Alpine Plants of the Northwest Wyoming to Alaska

Alpine Plants of the Northwest Wyoming to Alaska

Author: Andy MacKinnon, Jim Pojar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

Compact Guide to Wildflowers of the Rockies

Compact Guide to Wildflowers of the Rockies

Author: C. Dana Bush Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

Britain's Ferns, Clubmosses, Quillworts, and Horsetails A Field Guide

Britain's Ferns, Clubmosses, Quillworts, and Horsetails A Field Guide

Author: James Merryweather Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

The only comprehensive photographic guide to the ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails of Britain This is a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and user-friendly photographic identification guide to the fifty-seven ferns and seventeen other pteridophytes that occur in Britain. It is the perfect companion for botanists, naturalists, professional ecologists and anyone else with an interest in this fascinating group of non-flowering vascular plants. Designed to appeal to beginners and experts alike, this authoritative book includes novel identification keys and comparison tables that have been carefully devised to present only essential, easily understood technical terms and descriptions, avoiding jargon as much as possible. Cross-referenced throughout to facilitate the comparison of similar species, this definitive field guide is the go-to source for identifying these species with confidence. Features hundreds of stunning colour photographs Comprehensive coverage of Britain's 57 species of ferns, 6 clubmosses, 3 quillworts and 8 horsetails Includes novel, easy-to-use, jargon-free identification keys and comparison tables Beautifully designed, user-friendly and accessible