- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st edition (August 21, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691006393
- ISBN-13: 978-0691006390
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Private Life of Plants Hardcover – August 21, 1995
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Intrepid naturalist Attenborough (Trials of Life, Little, Brown, 1991) once again stalks the planet to find the most fascinating and exquisite specimens to illustrate the wonders of the living world. There are plants in this book that this natural history reviewer and botany major never saw before, such as the Sumatran titan arum with its nine-foot-tall inflorescence and the equally elusive British ghost orchid, which regularly reappears after being declared extinct. Attenborough notes that plants "must grapple with much the same problems as animals, including ourselves," and describes these endeavors in chapters on traveling, feeding and growing, flowering, social struggle, living together, and surviving. Other popularizations have covered the same basic territory, but rarely in such a captivating way. Highly recommended for natural history collections at all levels. [This is a companion to a six-part BBC series that will air this fall in the United States.?Ed.]?Beth Clewis, Prince William P.L. System, Va.
-?Beth Clewis, Prince William P.L. System, Va.
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"The Private Life of Plants has already been viewed by 60 million Britons....And they stayed riveted for...five weeks to watch plants digest mice alive, strangle their hosts, trick male bees into copulating with their flowers, or ignite forest fires with chemicals to give their seedlings a better start in life. Vivid lives of hectic, electrifying action emerged, and even the hundreds of botanists consulted for the series found themselves gaining new insights into plant behavior."--Time (International Edition)
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