The ideal reference for students of botany and horticulture, gardeners, and naturalists The diverse external shapes and structures that make up flowering plants can be bewildering and even daunting, as can the terminology used to describe them An understanding of plant formplant morphologyis essential to appreciating the wonders of the plant world and to the study of botany and horticulture at every level In this ingeniously designed volume, the complex subject becomes both accessible and manageable The first part of the book describes and clearly illustrates the major plant structures that can be seen with the naked eye or a hand lens The second part focuses on how plants grow bud development, the growth of reproductive organs, leaf arrangement, branching patterns, and the accumulation and loss of structures Aimed at students of botany and horticulture, enthusiastic gardeners, and amateur naturalists, it functions as an illustrated dictionary, a basic course in plant morphology, and an intriguing and enlightening book to dip into....
|Title||:||Plant Form: An Illustrated Guide to Flowering Plant Morphology|
|Number of Pages||:||305 Pages|
|File Size||:||668 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Plant Form: An Illustrated Guide to Flowering Plant Morphology Reviews
Great illustrations, horrible organization of text. I bought this book as a plant enthusiast, someone who has never taken botany or plant physiology classes (beyond what's covered in general and cell biology). I was attracted to the book because it is supposed to be an illustrated guide to morphology, thus I figured it would be a good place to start to learn about plant anatomy. While there are illustrations or photos on nearly every page, the author does a TERRIBLE job labeling/describing/explaining the illustrations. Many illustrations do not have descriptions (neither below nor in the accompanying text). This is my primary complaint.
I am more of a hobbyist than a true botany student (I'm actually a botany (B)/ plant systematics student, too) but with kids, work, and the other 13.5 hours I'm attempting this .. it's a huge commitment.. I haven't gained nearly as must out of the courses as I should have (the "B" after botany was from last semester..)
Adrian has constructed a brilliantly put together guide to the various morphological structures found in plants.
It's dense. I have a minor in Botany, albeit from 40 years ago. Recently, after four decades of chasing cows and growing grass and knowing all of the plant names on our property, I got interested in the travels and writings of a botanist who spent time in Central America. I was pretty rusty on plant morphology so, being a printed book person rather than an internet person, I ordered this book. What I thought I was going to receive was a nice book with well done line drawings, labeled with part names, sort of an external guide to help in plant identification. What I got is a really pretty book with lots of photos and drawings and thousands of words of minutia. I had forgotten what academia means when it says a book is easy to read and helpful. Really, it is both. I am having fun re-learning, but I've had to put my interest in Mr. Allen on hold.
This text is an essential reference work for botanists and those with a passion for plants. Adrian Bell teases apart the complexities of plant morphology and describes a wealth of plant structures in an engaging style using plenty of examples and references. He explains the ambiguous usage various terms and his passion for the topic of plant form shows throughout.
Not for beginners, not even well educated beginners. Returned.
A well produced, comprehensive book, thoroughly indexed, beautifully illustrated both by excellent coloured photos and perhaps even more valuably by superbly clear line drawings, throughout, and all at an amazing price for the value it contains. The aspiring expert will read this avidly from cover to cover in time and the amateur gardener will simply dip into it via the index for the explanation and meaning of specialised botanical terms. A book not to be missed and likely to sell out before the demand has been met. Postage for non-US recipients is a bit steep but the service is fast, careful and efficient. So full marks from us 'down under' in New Zealand. Thank you Amazon.com