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"A wild ride through the plant world.”--The American Gardener
An entertaining and enlightening compendium of the world's most amazing and bizarre plants, revealing their secrets, history, and lore
What happens when you give a plant a polygraph test? Can a flower really turn a human into a zombie? What gives the gingko tree its stink? The Big, Bad Book of Botany holds the incredible answers to all of these questions and more. From absinthe to zubrowka (a popular ingredient in Polish vodkas), award-winning author Michael Largo takes you through the historical and agricultural evolution of hundreds of plant species, revealing astonishing facts along the way. You'll be introduced to magic mushrooms, superfoods, and toxic teas. You'll learn about plants so valuable they have started international wars, so evolved they can trick animals into helping them survive, and so deadly a single taste of one will kill you. Featuring more than one hundred and forty illustrations, this fascinating and fun A-to-Z encyclopedia for all ages will transform the way you look at the natural world.
Did you know?
- The word hashish comes from the Arabic hashshashin, the name for a group of Persian assassins who were given the drug to calm their nerves before each assignment.
- The fossil of the oldest-known tree to have thrived on the planet was found in New York's Catskill Mountains, and dates back to more than 360 million years ago.
- The avocado, though delicious to humans, is toxic to most animals.
- Sunflowers grow according to a mathematical formula known as the "golden ratio," and almost always produce exactly 55 or 144 seeds.
Featuring more than 150 photographs and illustrations, The Big, Bad Book of Botany is a fascinating, fun A-to-Z encyclopedia for all ages that will transform the way we look at the natural world.
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About the Author
Michael Largo is the author of The Big, Bad Book of Beasts; God's Lunatics; Genius and Heroin; and the Bram Stoker Award-winning Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die, as well as three novels. He and his family live in Florida with their dog, two turtles, a parrot, two canaries, and a tank of fish.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Big, Bad Book of Botany: The World’s Most Fascinating Flora By Michael Largo Avon Press Publication Date August 2014 Michael Largo covers the alphabet with an A to Z of some amazing plants found throughout the world. I wouldn’t describe many of them as ‘bad’ mind you, but definitely interesting. The story of each plant is told with small snippets of history, science and mythology woven together and the lovely illustrations add to the narrative. Although written for the average person he has clearly done a good job on his research as he surreptitiously teaches you botanical terms. He describes some weird and wonderful plants you have probably never heard of as well as some of the most common things in all our backyards. He even touches on some prehistoric plants that once existed but are no more. The term ‘botany’ is losing favour nowadays, often being replaced by the less intriguing ‘plant science’. It’s pleasing to me to see the word botany in large letters on a book meant for popular usage. This book is straightforward, fun and hopefully will draw more young readers into the captivating world of plants. Overall an enjoyable read for geeks like me who find plants endlessly fascinating and a quick read for those who want to skip ahead to a particular plant