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Botany Illustrated: Introduction to Plants, Major Groups, Flowering Plant Families 2nd Edition

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Botany Illustrated, Second Edition

This easy-to-use book helps you acquire a wealth of fascinating information about plants. There are 130 pages with text, each facing 130 pages of beautiful illustrations. Each page is a separate subject. Included is a coloring guide for the realistic illustrations. The illustration pages are composed of scientifically accurate line drawings with the true sizes of the plants indicated. Using colored pencils and the authors’ instructions, you can color the various plant structures to stand out in vivid clarity. Your knowledge of plants increases rapidly as you color the illustrations.

There is a balanced selection of subjects that deal with all kinds of plants. However, the emphasis is on flowering plants, which dominate the earth. Drawings show common houseplants, vegetables, fruits, and landscape plants. They also show common weeds, wild flowers, desert plants, water plants, and crop plants.

Botany Illustrated has three sections. An Introduction to Plants gives you facts on everything from cells to seeds. The Major Groups section is from fungi to algae, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants. In Flowering Plant Families are magnolias to asters, and water-plantains to orchids, with the families of major interest included. You will find plants used for food, ornamentals, lumber, medicines, herbs, dyes, and fertilizers, whether wild or poisonous, or of special importance to our Earth’s ecosystem.

Topics that will be of interest to you include:

  • Why leaves ‘turn’ color in autumn
  • How certain plants devour insects
  • How a flower develops into a fruit with seeds
  • Why some plants only flower at certain times of the year
  • How water, nutrients, and sugars move within a plant, including tall trees
  • How flowers are pollinated
  • The ‘inside’ story of how plants manufacture their own food
  • How plants are named and classified
  • How vines ‘climb’
  • Why ‘pinching’ makes plants ‘bushy’
  • How plants reproduce sexually
  • Why shoots grow towards light
  • How specific leaf colors can indicate specific mineral deficiencies

Botany Illustrated is especially easy to use because of its great flexibility. You can read the text and look at the drawings, read the text and color the drawings, or just enjoy coloring the drawings. No matter where your interests lead you, you will quickly find your knowledge of plants growing! Thus, this beautiful book will be of great value to students, scientists, artists, crafters, naturalists, home gardeners, teachers, and all plant lovers.

About the Author

Janice Glimn-Lacy, B.S. Botany, is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Since 1976 she has been a free-lance botanical illustrator and is Instructor of Botanical drawing and illustration for The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens Adult Education Program. She is a member of the Michigan Botanical Club and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She has illustrated Practical Botany (published by Reston), Michigan Trees (The University of Michigan Press), several Ph.D. theses, and many botanical journal articles.

Peter B. Kaufman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biology Emeritus in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) at the University of Michigan and is currently Senior Scientist, University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Program (MIM). He received his B.Sc. in Plant Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. in 1949 and his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis in 1954 under the direction of Professor Katherine Esau. He did post-doctoral research as a Muellhaupt Fellow at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He has been a Visiting Research Scholar at University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; University opf Saskatoon, Saskatoon, Canada; University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; USDA Plant Hormone Laboratory, BARC-West, Beltsville, Maryland; Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan; Lund University, Lund, Sweden; International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at Los Banos, Philippines; and Hawaiian Sugar Cane Planters’ Association, Aiea Heights, Hawaii. Dr. Kaufman is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) in 1995. He served on the Editorial Board of Plant Physiology for ten years and is the author of more than 220 research papers. He has published eight professional books to date and taught popular courses on Plants, People, and the Environment, Plant Biotechnology, and Practical Botany at the University of Michigan. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BARD Program with Israel, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Xylomed Research, Inc, and Pfiser Pharmaceutical Research. He produced with help of Alfred Slote and Marcia Jablonski a 20-part TV series entitled, “House Botanist.” He was past chairman of the Michigan Natural Areas Council (MNAC), past president of the Michigan Botanical Club (MBC), and former Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB). He is currently doing research on natural products of medicinal value in plants in the University of Michigan Medical School in the laboratory of Stephen F. Bolling, M.D. and serves on the research staff of MIM.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (March 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387288708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387288703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My father used to remark, when offered coffee with cream, "If I wanted a milkshake, I would have asked for one." My (equally snide) remark concerning this book: "If I wanted a coloring book, I would have asked for one." As such, it is a nice one, with simplified outline drawings suitable for coloring. The information presented is fairly basic but well presented. The problem is that the information page for each set of drawings wound up on the obverse side of the drawing page, rather than side-by-side in a double page spread. This makes it so inconvenient (flipping back and forth to see the drawings, then the information), that the book is almost useless as a learning device. Seeing unrelated information and drawings side-by-side is quite confusing. And, of course, the price is a bit high.
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Very pleased that this is both a botany book, covering basic principles of botany, and at the same time an 'adult' colouring book (a la Anatomy or Physiology colouring books), which allows you to actively reinforce your learning by colouring in the plant sections accompanying what you are reading. Very nice book.
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This book is a must have for anyone enrolled in a botany or plant science class. This has definetly helped me with cell structure id, and basic plant morphology.
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This is an excellent coloring book with outstanding detail. Just be aware you need to purchase colored pencils. I spend an hour each evening coloring a few pages. Its a great learning tool!.
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I have been looking for a book that addresses the basics of Botany for a long time. This book immediately explains and divides the plants into divisions, class, and families. I know there are literally thousands of families but they showed a good many common ones. I use the book to help me identify plants. It also helps me to draw them in my pen and ink sketches.
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I find this guide most helpful as a learning tool for the subject of Botany. The information set out is well presented along with the detailed illustrations which help further clarify the subject matter. Great study tool!
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Actually, I love the illustrations - and I do like to color. I bought it for the purpose of using the family descriptions and doing my own illustrations for an ethnobotany book I'm writing. It was not the right book for that purpose because as it says it is only for the major plant groups. Also, the descriptions are not very detailed.

It is a beautiful well-done book for a budding botanical illustrator.
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I took this book out of the library and thought it was so terrific that I immediately ordered one for myself. Problem was, the pages are printed wrong, so that the page that should appear on the left is on the right and vice versa. You can tell right away because the page numbers are way in the inside corner by the binding instead of being on the outer edge. The pages are still in the correct order. However, when you get to the plant family descriptions, the illustration is supposed to be on the right and the description on the left as you hold the book open. Instead, the illustrations are printed on the back of the same sheet of paper as the descriptions. This means, for example, the Pea Family illustration appears next to the Dogwood Family description. So don't buy this book from Amazon. When I returned the first defective book, they sent me another defective one. Obviously they have a pile of them in the warehouse, and they don't check to be sure the replacement is OK. Too bad, because this is such a well-written book.
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