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The Nature of Plants: Habitats, Challenges, and Adaptations

Out of Print

By: J Dawson and R Lucas

314 pages, 205 col photos, 5 col illus, 1 map

Timber Press

Hardback | Apr 2005 | #151874 | ISBN: 0881926752
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Explains how plants adapt to the challenges of their habitats. Plants may live in places that provide too little rainfall, yet they thrive, either by evading drought, like the animals that live in deserts, or by tolerating the scarcity. There are plants that use other plants, climbing on them, strangling some, living in their leafy canopies, or parasitizing them. This book explores the love-hate relationships that plants have with animals, some feeding on plants but others drawn into serving plants by pollinating them, scattering their fruits and seeds, or being eaten themselves. The mostly hidden associations that plants have with bacteria and fungi are also revealed.

Explores the love-hate relationships that plants have with animals, some feeding on plants but others drawn into serving plants by pollinating them, scattering their fruits and seeds, or being eaten themselves. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 20050510 The book, studded with stunning photographs, is divided into nine botanically based but very readable chapters. -- Lynne Terry Oregonian 20050505 Tells dramatic stories of how plants struggle throughout their lives, how they adapt to their often-inhospitable surroundings, and how they change when their surroundings change. Science News 20050521 This is a beautifully written and illustrated book. Many of the photographs of plants and their habitats are simply magnificent ... It should fan enthusiasm for the world's plants and for conservation of them and their habitats. -- Dr. Peter Myerscough National Parks Association of New South Wales, Australia 20050701 Intelligent and knowledgeable prose. ... The writing is informative and will open up the eyes of those determined to grow plants well, in a setting most suited for the genus or species, and where they will have room ... to set seed and spread. TheBookPlace.co.uk 20050926 A plant lover's dream. ... Recommended for anyone with an interest in plants and their ability to survive in even the harshest of climates. All topics are explained with diverse examples and fantastic color photographs. -- Lee Luckeydoo Sida, Contributions to Botany 20060701


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Biography

John Dawson is retired from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and has written Forest Vines to Snow Tussocks: The Story of New Zealand Plants in addition to many other botanical contributions. Rob Lucas is a lecturer in the Natural Resources Centre of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Together with John Dawson, Rob has written and photographed four other books, one of which was awarded the Natural Heritage Prize.

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