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Author Mabey, Richard, 1941- author.

Title The cabaret of plants : forty thousand years of plant life and the human imagination / Richard Mabey.

Publication Info. New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    580 MAB    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    580 MAB    Available
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Edition First American edition.
Description 374 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "First published in Great Britain in 2015 under the title 'The cabaret of plants: botany and the imagination'"--Title-page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-357) and index.
Contents The vegetable plot -- How to see a plant. Symbols from the ice : plants as food and forms ; Bird's-eyes : primulas -- Wooden manikins : the cults of trees. The cult of celebrity : the Fortingall yew ; The Rorschach tree : baobab ; The big trees : sequoias ; Methuselahs : bristlecones and date palms ; Provenance and extinction : wood's cycad ; From workhorse to green man : the oak -- Myths of cultivation. The Celtic bush : hazel ; The vegetable lamb : cotton ; Staff of life : maize ; The panacea : ginseng ; The vegetable mudfish : samphire -- The shock of the real : scientists and Romantics. Life versus entropy : Newton's apple ; Imitations of photosynthesis : mint and cucumber ; The challenge of carnivorous plans : the tipitiwitchet ; Wordsworth's daffodils ; On being pollinated : Keats's forget-me-not -- New lands, new visions. Jewels of the desert : Francis Masson's starfish and birds of paradise ; Growing together : the East Indian Company's fusion art ; Chiaroscuro : the Impressionists' olive trees ; Local distinctiveness : cornfield tulips and horizontal flax -- The Victorian plant theatre. 'Vegetable jewellery' : the fern craze ; 'The Queen of Lilies' : Victoria amazonica ; A Sarawakan stinkbomb : the Titan Arum ; Harlequins and mimics : the orchid troupe -- The real language of plants. The butterfly effect : the moonflower ; The canopy cooperative : air plants and bromeliads : Plant intelligence : mimosa -- The Tree of After Life.
Summary "The Cabaret of Plants is a masterful, globe-trotting exploration of the relationship between humans and the kingdom of plants by the renowned naturalist Richard Mabey"--
Subject Botany -- History.
ISBN 9780393239973 (hardcover) : $29.95
0393239977 (hardcover)

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