Plant Extinction

Plant Extinction

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Plant extinctions are truly worldwide in scope, occurring from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica. In this book the authors have put together the story of the present threat to so many of our planet's plant species and they explain the nature of that threat, the significance of the potential loss of plants, their importance to man and what can be done about it.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour plates, line drawings
  • 0747018065
  • 9780747018063

Table of contents

Part 1 Do plants really matter?: who will save the plants?; the flower of the "Gods"; medicinal plants - poisons that heal; "Dragon Trees"; feeding the world; the Venus Flytrap; industrial plants - products, fuels, and fibers; "The giant alerce trees"; ornamentals and aesthetics; "The bulbous begonia". Part 2 Extinction - why and where: biology and extinction; "The Franklinia tree"; tropics; "The primitive African violent"; islands; "The Catham Island forget-me-not; deserts; obregonia; the temperature zones; the cheddar pink; green cancers; the golden gladiolus. Part 3 A technological ark: how to make your own gene bank; the peacock moraeas; other banks; the green daffodil. Part 4 The role of the hobbyist: plant societies; the "Sow Bread" cyclamen; orchids - myths and realities; the holy ghost orchid; cacti and other succulents; the spiral aloes; the ethics of collecting; the yellow alpine iris. Part 5 Politics: legislation; the blue vanda; getting involved; the bellflower; a prognosis.show more