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Australasia's Most Amazing Plants

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Why does the strangler fig strangle trees to death? How do gum trees survive wildfires? Why does porcupine grass grow in deserts? Australasia includes Australia, New Zealand, and many smaller islands. All these islands have deserts, mountains, rainforests, and grasslands. Find out how Australasia’s most incredible plants make their home here.

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Overview

Why does the strangler fig strangle trees to death? How do gum trees survive wildfires? Why does porcupine grass grow in deserts? Australasia includes Australia, New Zealand, and many smaller islands. All these islands have deserts, mountains, rainforests, and grasslands. Find out how Australasia’s most incredible plants make their home here.

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Gr 3-5

Rather than breaking down the plant kingdom by biome, usage, or type, this series spotlights unusual or useful plants by continent. Europe includes spreads on rootless duckweed and reindeer lichen, for example, while the gum tree and strangler fig are among species highlighted in Australasia . The books are entertaining and informative, well designed and well illustrated, and include small but clear maps. While their scope is certainly unusual, they do not shed particular light on details such as plant families or life cycles. An interesting addition for botany enthusiasts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410931412
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/17/2008
  • Series: Plant Top Tens Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Africa     4
Baobab Tree     6
Welwitschia     8
Jandia Spiny Spurge     10
Stone Cactus     12
Karoo Gazania     14
Parasol Lily     16
Dragon Tree     18
King Protea     20
Castor Bean     22
Giant Lobelia     24
Plants in Danger     26
Plant Facts and Figures     28
Find Out More     30
Glossary     31
Index     32
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