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Title The book of seeds : a life-size guide to six hundred species from around the world / edited by Paul Smith ; contributors: Megan Barstow, Emily Beech, Katherine O'Donnell, Lydia Murphy, Sara Oldfield.

Publication Info. Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Reference Material  REF 631.52 SMITH    In-Library Use Only
Description 656 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
Note Includes indexes.
Contents What is a seed? -- How did seed plants evolve? -- Seeds & humans -- Seed conservation -- Plant diversity & why it matters -- Seed-bearing plants -- Cycadophyta -- Ginkophyta & gnetophyta -- Pinophyta -- Magnoliophyta.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 646) and index.
Summary "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 ricin."--Dust jacket.
Subject Seeds -- Identification.
Seeds -- Pictorial works.
Seeds. (OCoLC)fst01111109
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany.
Genre/Form Illustrated works. (OCoLC)fst01423873
Field guides. (OCoLC)fst01940354
Pictorial works. (OCoLC)fst01423874
Field guides.
Illustrated works.
Added Author Smith, P. P. (Paul Philip), 1964- editor.
Barstow, Megan.
Beech, Emily.
O'Donnell, Katherine.
Murphy, Lydia.
Oldfield, Sara, 1955-
ISBN 9780226362236 (hardcover)
022636223X (hardcover)
9780226362373 (electronic book)
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