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The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Biology and Cultivation Hardcover – October 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Reissue edition (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927924
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A curious world, indeed, is brilliantly described in this definitive guide."


“This is an exquisite book, truly covering both biology and cultivation of carnivorous plants.”



"A beautifully illustrated and well-written book about carnivorous plants that will delight everyone interested in these fascinating species."

About the Author

Wilhelm Barthlott is head of the Nees Institute of Plant Biodiversity and director of the botanical gardens at the University of Bonn where he has developed one of the world's largest carnivorous plant collections.


Stefan Porembski is director of the botanical garden and botanical institute at the University of Rostock where he studies the ecology of tropical carnivorous plants.


Rüdiger Seine is an astronaut trainer at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne. His doctorate focused on tropical ecology and the systematics of the sundews.


Inge Theisen studies the molecular genetics and evolution of the bladderworts at the Nees Institute of the University of Bonn.

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. A Siessel on April 5, 2008
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I will give credit to the authors on a well researched, biologically detailed book that covers the different Carnivorous Plant families. I was looking forward to getting and reading this book but was disappointed after reciving it.

I feel this is a good introductory book on the topic so if you know nothing at all about Carnivorous Plants then a purchase may be all right for you. Most of the material in the book is found in other books of CPs. So if you have other books on CPs that you like, then this becomes redundant.

I am very spoiled by two books in my collection on the topic of CPs. The first is the SAVAGE GARDEN by Peter D'Amato, and the second is PITCHER PLANTS OF THE AMERICAS by Stewart McPherson.I recommend both of these instead of the one I'm reviewing. Between the two of these you should have all you need on cultivation, biology, evolutionary trends, and notes on many species of Carnivorous Plants.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Thorogood on March 4, 2009
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This book covers all the basic aspects of Carnivorous Plants from their taxonomy, through ecology, physiology and evolution to how to grow them. I would say it is the one essential text for all enthusiasts. The text is illustrated with many amazing photographs and micro-photographs. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It even makes a fascinating coffee table book for the uninitiated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily on January 22, 2012
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After compairing this book with "The Savage Garden" by D'Amato and "Pitcher Plants of the Americas" by McPherson I think this book offers some interesting background information on the history, ecology and evolution of CPs in general that add to the other two books mentioned. It is written without too much botanical jargon while still offering good detail that is easy to follow and understand. Additionally, the book offers good information about habitats, trapping mechanisms, and features of each of the major different kinds of CPs out there. It also has lots of great photos that really add to the book. The biggest drawback this book has is the quantity and quality of cultivation and propagation information. It has some in there, but is not half as good as what is found in D'Amato's book. Better still are the "Grow Carnivorous Plants DVD series" done by Sarracenia Northwest if you main interest is learning how to grow and propagate CPs.
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This is a collection of difficult to find, but essential information, with stunning illustrations! It is an English translation of a book which was originally published as a scientific treatis in a foreign language (German). A bit stilted, but very readable.
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