This stunning series of pocketbooks from Kew offers a snapshot into the diverse and beautiful world of plants and fungi. Each book lavishly showcases choice examples from different groups or collections.
Neither plants nor animals, and only showing themselves to us in nature through bodies that produce spores, fungi are weird and wonderful. They provide humans with sources of food and medicine and play a vital role in the ecology of woodlands and other natural habitats. These extraordinary life-forms are celebrated in Kew Pocketbooks: Fungi with 40 paintings of mushrooms, toadstools, puffballs and more.
The Library, Art and Archives at Kew is one of the most extensive botanical libraries in the world, with the oldest item dating back to the 1370s. In this pocketbook series from Kew, each book presents 40 botanical paintings from the collections illustrating the variety within each group, as well as the diversity of the collection and artistic styles. An introductory chapter by a Kew expert provides an overview of the fungi, and extended captions accompany each painting.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world-famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.