The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Biology and Cultivation

The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Biology and Cultivation

by Wilhelm Barthlott, Rudiger Seine, Stefan Porembski, Inge Theisen
     
 

Plants that trap and eat animals: an amazing phenomenon that has inspired awe since before the days of Darwin. The victims may be flies and butterflies, small crustaceans, or even vertebrates the size of rats.

Lured into the danger zone by optical, tactile, and olfactory strategies, the prey succumb to ingenious traps and face their doom. But unlike plants

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Plants that trap and eat animals: an amazing phenomenon that has inspired awe since before the days of Darwin. The victims may be flies and butterflies, small crustaceans, or even vertebrates the size of rats.

Lured into the danger zone by optical, tactile, and olfactory strategies, the prey succumb to ingenious traps and face their doom. But unlike plants that temporarily catch insects for pollination, the true carnivores go considerably further: they digest them for the nutrients they need to survive in extremely inhospitable sites on land and in water.

Anyone captivated by the unearthly beauty of the "flowers of evil" will treasure this stunning, encyclopedic exploration, which also includes animal-trapping mosses and fungi, as well as advice for growing and buying carnivorous plants and an extensive international bilbliography. It is an essential reference for hobbyist, naturalist, and collector alike.

Editorial Reviews

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

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

From the Publisher
"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."

Library Journal

A curious world, indeed, is brilliantly described in this definitive guide. Expert botanists with wide renown, Barthlott, Stefan Porembski, Rüdiger Seine, and Inge Theisen have compiled the first comprehensive listing of all 630 known species of so-called flowers of evil. They detail the plants' biology, diversity, and cultivation. Over 150 color and black-and-white illustrations and two maps illuminate the exotic and beautiful world of plant carnivory. Chapters cover their habitats around the world, biogeography, variety of attracting and trapping mechanisms, prey, and digestion and nutrient uptake systems. The authors discuss the evolution of carnivory, conservation, and requirements for growing these bizarre plants. Sections on the ten families of carnivorous plants and the animal-trapping mosses and fungi open with essays, informed both by historical understanding and by recent scholarship. A full list of carnivorous plants is supplied, A-to-Z by name of species, with the year they were first described and distribution information. A glossary, bibliography, index, and list of carnivorous plant societies and sources close this fine volume. Highly recommended for all gardening or reference collections.
—Donna L. Davey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881927924
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/15/2007
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
902,353
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.84(d)

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"This is a simply marvellous book—the definitive work on this most fascinating miscellany of amazing plants."

—Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS

Former Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew;

University Professor, The University of Chicago

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