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Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > Plant life: general

The Hidden Life of Trees - What They Feel, How They CommunicateA Discoveries from a Secret World (Hardcover): Peter Wohlleben The Hidden Life of Trees - What They Feel, How They CommunicateA Discoveries from a Secret World (Hardcover)
Peter Wohlleben; Foreword by Tim Flannery 4
R545 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being."--Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again. Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard

Britain's Wild Flowers - A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature (Hardcover): Rosamond Richardson Britain's Wild Flowers - A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature (Hardcover)
Rosamond Richardson 1
R361 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R55 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fascinating look at the myths, folklore and botany behind over 70 British wildflowers. From hedgerows to meadows, wildflowers can be found throughout our green and pleasant land. In this book, journalist and garden writer Rosamond Richardson traces the history and myths behind each flower to discover the fascinating ways in which the plants were used. Discover which flower used as a medieval lie-detector to test the innocence of suspected criminals, or stuffed in the shoes of Roman centurions to prevent damage to their feet as they marched. From periwinkles, beloved of Chaucer, and the oxlips and `nodding violet' growing in the forest of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the book celebrates the important role wildflowers have played in literature, as well as their uses in food and medicine, and the history, myths and tales behind each species. The nineteenth-century poet John Clare wrote, `I love wildflowers (none are weeds with me)'. This book is a celebration of the bountiful history behind Britain's beloved wildflowers and is perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening, history or the natural world.

Waxcap Mushrooms of Eastern North America (Hardcover): Alan E. Bessette Waxcap Mushrooms of Eastern North America (Hardcover)
Alan E. Bessette
R2,052 R1,838 Discovery Miles 18 380 Save R214 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Members of the Hygrophoraceae family, commonly known as waxcaps, have long attracted the attention of mycologists and nature lovers. As a group, they are beautiful mushrooms. Those in the genus Hygrocybe are particularly colorful and eye-catching. Many waxcaps can be identified from field observations and macroscopic features of the fruiting bodies, further adding to their appeal for those lacking formal training in mycology. Waxcaps are usually well represented in general mushroom field guides. There have also been thorough scientific treatments of the North American species. Excellent as these works may be, they are not comprehensive, nontechnical guides that illustrate the eastern North American waxcaps in color. The work presented here is not intended to be a scientific treatment of the Hygrophoraceae; rather, it fills a gap between the sporadic coverage in general mushroom field guides and the more inclusive technical monographs that typically lack color illustrations. The geographical range of coverage includes eastern Canada, the United States east of the Great Plains and south to East Texas, the Gulf Coast, and Florida. Although the distribution of species is constantly being expanded as knowledge accumulates, most waxcaps that occur within this region are featured or discussed. With over 150 color illustrations and detailed descriptions, this book is an indispensable reference guide for waxcap identification.

A Naturalist's Guide to the Trees of Sri Lanka (Paperback): Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne A Naturalist's Guide to the Trees of Sri Lanka (Paperback)
Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
R316 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R49 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A photographic identification guide to 125 tree species most commonly seen in Sri Lanka, perfect for resident and visitor alike. Over 350 high quality photographs from Sri Lanka's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, the different habitats and tree structure.

The Weather Detective - Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs (Paperback): Peter Wohlleben The Weather Detective - Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs (Paperback)
Peter Wohlleben 1
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben, invites you to reconnect with nature As soon as we step out of the door, nature surrounds. Thousands of small and large processes are taking place, details that are long often fascinating and beautiful. But we've long forgotten how to recognise them. Peter Wohlleben, bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, invites us to become an expert, to take a closer look and interpret the signs that clouds, wind, plants and animals convey. Chaffinches become weather prophets, bees are live thermometers, courgettes tell us the time. The Weather Detective combines scientific research with charming anecdotes to explain the extraordinary cycles of life, death and regeneration that are evolving on our doorstep, bringing us closer to nature than ever before. A walk in the park will never be the same again.

Around the World In 80 Trees (Paperback): Jonathan Drori Around the World In 80 Trees (Paperback)
Jonathan Drori; Illustrated by Lucille Clerc 1
R362 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R55 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Trees are one of humanity's most constant and most varied companions. From India's sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. In Around the World in 80 Trees, expert Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees' soaring heights can be found in the properties of the tiniest drops of water. Each of these strange and true tales - populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts - is illustrated by Lucille Clerc, taking the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful.

In the Company of Trees - Honoring Our Connection to the Sacred Power, Beauty, and Wisdom of Trees (Hardcover): Andrea Sarubbi... In the Company of Trees - Honoring Our Connection to the Sacred Power, Beauty, and Wisdom of Trees (Hardcover)
Andrea Sarubbi Fereshteh
R427 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R123 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fascinating facts, trivia, and stories celebrating nature and the magnificent life of trees and their invaluable place in our lives, including beautiful, full-color photographs throughout. When was the last time you spent time outside? The space between your front door and your car doesn't count. Nature holds incredible power to soothe our spirits, calm our minds, and open us up to creativity, if we can unplug long enough to step away from our screens and embrace it. And while they say you can't see the forest for the trees, they play perhaps the leading role in our enjoyment of the outdoors. In the Company of Trees helps you rediscover your own connection to the world outside, with over 195 quotes, facts, and stories honoring trees from across the world and in our own back yards alike. Inviting, full-color photos of sun-dappled forests and tree-filled hikes throughout will inspire you to do some forest-bathing of your own and embrace the healing power of nature.

Mountain Flowers - Field Guide to the Flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho (Paperback): Elsa Pooley Mountain Flowers - Field Guide to the Flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho (Paperback)
Elsa Pooley
R289 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R50 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A guide on the high mountain region which includes the plants, wild flowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and some grasses from the foothills to the summit, with special attention to the large number of endemic species; Southern and Northern KwaZulu; Natal Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Drakensberg, Witteberge and Lesotho, including the Maloti and Thaba Putsoa ranges as well as outliers such as Ingeli, Mahaqhwa and Kamberg.

The Greenwood trees - History, folklore and virtues of Britain's trees (Paperback): Christina Hart-Davis The Greenwood trees - History, folklore and virtues of Britain's trees (Paperback)
Christina Hart-Davis
R415 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Marking the 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter, award-winning botanical artist Christina Hart-Davies celebrates our long relationship with trees. Since pre-historic times they have provided us with shelter, fuel, medicine, food and even the air we breathe. They have tanned leather, dyed cloth and made everything from cathedrals to clothes-pegs. We have told stories about them, admired their magnificent beauty and woven them into our spiritual lives. Following A Wild Plant Year, which recorded the folklore and cultural history of our native wildflowers, in The Greenwood Trees Christina looks at the history, folklore and virtues of our native trees - and a few well-known introductions too - all illustrated with her exquisitely detailed watercolour paintings. We have relied on trees throughout our history. We still do, and we always will. Touch wood. * Which tree provides a talisman supposed to protect against lightning? * Which firewood burns best, even when green? * Which tree should you plant by the dairy and the privy to deter flies?

The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised - Illustrated Guide to Foraging, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms - Including new... The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised - Illustrated Guide to Foraging, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms - Including new sections on growing your own incredible edibles and off-season collecting (Paperback)
Gary Lincoff
R604 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R98 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised, mushroom guru Gary Lincoff escorts you through the cultural and culinary history of the mushroom, hunting and identifying wild mushrooms, mushroom safety, and on to preparing and serving the fungi. Stunning photographs and Lincoff's fascinating anecdotes from the field will make you an instant mycophile. Gathering edible wild food is a wonderful way to forge a connection to the Earth. Mushrooms are the ultimate local food source; they grow literally everywhere, from mountains and woodlands to urban and suburban parks to your own backyard. The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised will enrich your understanding of the natural world and build an appreciation for an ancient, critically relevant, and useful body of knowledge. With great expertise, Lincoff provides a complete overview of edible mushrooms: from the mushroom's earliest culinary awakening, through getting equipped for mushroom forays, to preparing and serving the fruits of the foray, wherever you live. Inside you'll find: A brief, colorful history of mushroom hunting worldwide How to get equipped for a mushroom foray A completely illustrated guide to the common wild edible mushrooms and their poisonous look-alikes, with information of psychedelic and psychotherapeutic mushrooms An illustrated guide to medicinal mushrooms Where to find your fare, and how to identify them How to prepare and serve your fungi Thirty delicious recipes Five appendices offer even more mushroom knowledge, with information on how to make mushroom artwork, mushroom cultivation, less common edible varieties, and winter hunting; plus find an essential guide to major poisonous mushrooms, symptoms of poisoning, and treatment. Whether you're just starting out with the hobby or an experienced mycophile looking to add to your collection, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised is your ideal guide.

London is a Forest (Hardcover): Paul Wood London is a Forest (Hardcover)
Paul Wood 1
R333 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R73 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Can a city be a forest? At first glance, this does not chime with our childhood idea of the `wild wood' - a dark entanglement of trees, where humans fear to tread. But a forest does not need to be dense and impenetrable, and it's not unheard of for people to live in them either. In London, 8.6 million people are crammed into just 600 square miles alongside 8.3 million trees, and millions upon millions of other plants, insects and animals. According to one UN definition, this makes the city a forest. The Forestry Commission agree, describing London as the world's largest urban forest. And it's a very special, urban forest at that. Following a number of trails through the rich diversity of London, this book will look closely at the urban forest, our relationships with it and attitudes towards it and will uncover the fascinating stories and secrets it holds. Through these paths that meander through the urban forest, author Paul Wood explores its geography, its past and future, and looks at the remarkable variety of life supported in this unique metropolitan ecosystem. From the edgelands to the beating heart of the clamorous 21st century megacity, a wealth of arboreal details, history, legend and anecdotes will be revealed along the way. You'll discover some of the species found here, and the people who have helped to shape this remarkable environment over many centuries. Complementing the trails, Wood will look in more detail at the fascinating stories of some of the iconic, and some of the more hidden species that define the urban forest. These will include familiar tree species like the London Plane, Oaks, Cherries and Hornbeam, alongside the rare Wild Service Tree and the surprising Tree of Heaven. Other inhabitants of the forest such as parakeets, urban foxes and, of course, humans will also be featured.

Wildflower Meadows: Survivors from a Golden Age (Paperback): Margaret Pilkington Wildflower Meadows: Survivors from a Golden Age (Paperback)
Margaret Pilkington; Illustrated by John Pilkington
R710 R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Save R218 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wildflower Meadows focuses on untouched, ancient and historic meadows and is stunningly illustrated with historic as well as recent photographs of ancient meadows The book features a wide variety of meadows and their flowers, from grasslands, and heathlands to chalklands and wetlands. From the same publisher that brought the highly acclaimed and award winning Where Have all the Flowers Gone? by Charles Flower Hay meadows with their wonderful profusion of wildflowers and butterflies are disappearing from the UK countryside at an alarming rate. This book celebrates in words and photographs the meadows that remain tucked away in odd corners in every part of the UK. Taking the most common type of meadow, Margaret Pilkington shows how, with the help of the National Vegetation Classifcation we can understand the unique collection of plants present and explains the Biodiversity Action Plan for wildflower meadows that it was hoped would ensure no further loss of this special, vulnerable habitat. She gives a clear, concise account of the challenges posed and the practical steps being taken to halt its decline, including the use of ecosystem services to highlight its value. Meadow flowers are adapted to survive and reproduce in grassland that has been managed in a particluar way for centuries. The voices of those who farmed in this way describe traditional hay making and the changes that have led to the loss of these meadows, a loss that has led to a huge decrease in the butterflies and other wildlife that depended on them for food and shelter. Margaret Pilkington explains the intimate connections between flowers and the insects that visit them, an explanation brought to life in John Pilkington's close-up photographs. Wildflower Meadows is a beautiful record of the meadows that survive and a practical guide to their preservation in the future to be enjoyed by all who appreciate and care for our countryside.

Orchid Summer - In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles (Paperback): Jon Dunn Orchid Summer - In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles (Paperback)
Jon Dunn 1
R268 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Remarkable ... Evoking the intensity with which orchid hunters pursue their quarry ... Vivid and expressive' Sunday Times

Orchid Summer is a heady celebration of the beauty and history of the wild orchid species of the British Isles, embraced in one dazzling summer-long hunt by naturalist Jon Dunn.

The flowers that are the focus of this treasure hunt are exquisite and diverse. Some tower above the surrounding vegetation; others are vanishingly small and discrete. Some are sweetly scented; others smell of ripe billy goats. Some are abundant; others more elusive - none more so than the last to flower, the ghost orchid.

Capturing the intoxicating beauty of these rare flowers, Orchid Summer explores their history, their champions, their place in our landscape and the threats they face. Combining infectious enthusiasm and a painterly eye with a deep knowledge that comes from a lifetime's passionate devotion to their study, Dunn sweeps us up on his adventure.

Plantsman's Paradise, A: Roy Lancaster Travels in China (Hardcover, New edition): Roy Lancaster Plantsman's Paradise, A: Roy Lancaster Travels in China (Hardcover, New edition)
Roy Lancaster
R1,199 R995 Discovery Miles 9 950 Save R204 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book successfully combines a most enjoyable and detailed account of the well-known author's many journeys through China. First and foremost, Travels in China provides a practical assessment of the plants that are either of ornamental merit or botanical interest to gardeners in the West. Roy Lancaster describes some 1,000 different plants in their natural habitat and provides an eminently readable account of a fascinating country, its people, and the plants that have enriched the gardens of Europe and North America. Hundreds of Lancaster's own attractive and colourful photographs are reproduced, interspersed with fascinating descriptions and anecdotes from his travels. This is a book about plants from a country so rich in variety that there are 50% more species on one mountain in China than there are in the whole of the British Isles. Indeed, the wide range of climatic conditions in a country as vast as China makes this book relevant to all gardeners, be they from Norway or Spain, the United

Orchids of New England & New York (Paperback): Tom Nelson Orchids of New England & New York (Paperback)
Tom Nelson
R401 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R71 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The authors scoured New England and New York in search of orchids. The result is this handy book that makes field identification a snap. Learn about all 65 orchid species found in the region, complete with photos, range maps and more.

Remarkable Trees (Hardcover): Christina Harrison, Tony Kirkham Remarkable Trees (Hardcover)
Christina Harrison, Tony Kirkham 1
R735 R569 Discovery Miles 5 690 Save R166 (23%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

‘To discover so many intriguing things about trees from around the world is truly wonderful. This beautifully illustrated book reveals just how much these useful, fascinating, dangerous yet beautiful living beings really contribute to our lives’ Dame Judi Dench

More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind and representing most of the world’s major zones and ecologies. In portraits that combine vivid cultural and historical narrative with a firm scientific grounding, the authors reveal the details of trees from around the world, both familiar and strange. We use timbers for building and creating, have discovered which tree fruits and seeds taste delicious, and which can kill or cure us, and which species can add colour and spirituality to our lives – from the timber of mahogany to the delights of chocolate and pomegranate, from the medicinal tea tree to the deadly manchineel, and from fragrant frankincense to the highly prized dragon’s blood tree.

Artists and botanists alike have been inspired by trees for centuries, and a varied and beautiful range of images from the unrivalled archive at Kew illustrate the stories, to create this enlightening and enchanting book.

The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders - Farmed and Foraged Herbal Remedies and Recipes (Paperback): Abby Artemisia The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders - Farmed and Foraged Herbal Remedies and Recipes (Paperback)
Abby Artemisia
R454 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R110 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies - Revealing Their Natural History (Paperback): Carolyn F. Dodson, William W.... Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies - Revealing Their Natural History (Paperback)
Carolyn F. Dodson, William W. Dunmire
R471 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R71 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

More than a field guide, ""Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies"" offers cultural and botanical essays that present useful and fascinating facts about seventy-five species of wildflowers, including strategies for survival, plant evolution, origins of common and scientific plant names, family characteristics, and their roles in human history. The Laramie and Medicine Bow Mountains of southern Wyoming, the principal ranges in Colorado, and the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, and Sandia Mountains in New Mexico are home to over a thousand species of wildflowers. The striking samples included here were selected not only because they are characteristic of this region, but also because they have interesting stories to tell. Grouped by family and arranged in natural order, each featured profile is accompanied by a color photo and most include a drawing by wildflower artist Walter Graf.

Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses (Paperback, Revised edition): James H. Miller, Karl V. Miller Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses (Paperback, Revised edition)
James H. Miller, Karl V. Miller; Photographs by Ted Bodner
R840 R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Save R156 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This guide to common and unique plants found in forests of the Southeast thoroughly covers 330 species of forbs (herbaceous plants), grasses, vines, and shrubs, with a special emphasis on the plants' role in wildlife sustenance. Packed with detailed color photographs, the book is a must-have for forest landowners, game and wildlife managers, biologists, outdoors enthusiasts, students - anyone with an interest in the intricate and often unexpected interrelationships between the flora and fauna of our region's forests.

Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City (Hardcover, New): Leslie Day Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City (Hardcover, New)
Leslie Day; Illustrated by Trudy Smoke
R1,106 R998 Discovery Miles 9 980 Save R108 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Imagine an urban oasis with hundreds of thousands of trees and whose mayor wants to plant a million more. That sylvan place is New York City, and this is a guide to the diverse trees that line its streets.

"Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City" acquaints New Yorkers and visitors alike with fifty species of trees commonly found in the neighborhoods where people live, work, and travel. Beautiful, original drawings of leaves and stunning photographs of bark, fruit, flower, and twig accompany informative descriptions of each species. Detailed maps of the five boroughs identify all of the city's neighborhoods, and specific addresses pinpoint where to find a good example of each tree species.

Trees provide invaluable benefits to the Big Apple: they reduce the rate of respiratory disease, increase property values, cool homes and sidewalks in the summer, block the harsh winds of winter, clean the air, absorb storm water runoff, and provide habitat and food for the city's wildlife.

Bald cypress, swamp oak, silver linden, and all of New York's most common trees are just a page turn away. Your evening walk will never be the same once you come to know the quiet giants that line the city's streets.

The Weather Detective - Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs (Hardcover): Peter Wohlleben The Weather Detective - Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs (Hardcover)
Peter Wohlleben 1
R391 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R109 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben, invites you to reconnect with nature As soon as we step out of the door, nature surrounds. Thousands of small and large processes are taking place, details that are long often fascinating and beautiful. But we've long forgotten how to recognise them. Peter Wohlleben, bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, invites us to become an expert, to take a closer look and interpret the signs that clouds, wind, plants and animals convey. Chaffinches become weather prophets, bees are live thermometers, courgettes tell us the time. The Weather Detective combines scientific research with charming anecdotes to explain the extraordinary cycles of life, death and regeneration that are evolving on our doorstep, bringing us closer to nature than ever before. A walk in the park will never be the same again.

Concise Herb Guide (Paperback): Bloomsbury Concise Herb Guide (Paperback)
Bloomsbury
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This beautifully illustrated mini field guide is packed with information on the most common herbs from around the world. Many of these plants grow wild in Britain and other parts of Europe, and can also be cultivated in gardens. The guide additionally includes exotic but commonly used species such as Vanilla, Cloves, Cinnamon and Star-anise. More than 180 herbs are included, all of which are illustrated with superb full-colour artworks that show details of the flowers and leaves, roots and bark where applicable, and growth habit of each plant. A concise written account covering culinary, medicinal and other uses, size, description, habitat and distribution appears on the same page. The easy-to-follow layouts and superb artworks aid quick and accurate identification, making this book an indispensable reference in the field as well as at home. It is compact enough to fit in the pocket, yet packed with essential information. To protect it against the elements in the field, the book is wrapped in a durable plastic wallet. Also included is a fold-out insert with at-a-glance illustrations showing herbs grouped by colour. Renowned natural history artists Christine Hart-Davis, Bridgette James and David Sutton painted the illustrations.

Divine Mushrooms and Fungi (Paperback): John W Allen Divine Mushrooms and Fungi (Paperback)
John W Allen
R537 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Filled with beautiful color photographs, "Divine Mushrooms and Fungi" is a must-have for anyone who wants to step into the magic mushroom field of ethnomycology. With detailed information on how to distinguish magic mushrooms from potentially dangerous lookalikes, this guide also features a detailed history of the ritual use of magic mushrooms among pre-Columbian inhabitants of the New World and the evolution of the use of psychedelic fungi from sacred rituals to today's recreational use. Common epithets used for naming mushrooms around the world are accompanied by photographs and descriptions of both magic mushrooms and their poisonous lookalikes. An ideal companion for mushroom-gathering forays, "Divine Mushrooms and Fungi" provides readers with the sacred knowledge that can lead to a visionary experience.

Field Guide to Grasses of California (Paperback): James P. Smith Field Guide to Grasses of California (Paperback)
James P. Smith; Illustrated by Kathy Simpson
R612 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R94 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Grasses and grasslands are of increasing interest to conservationists, biologists, and gardeners. There are more than 300 species of native California grasses and they are found in almost every climate--from cool, wet forests to hot, dry deserts. Native grasses are also important in land restoration, as they improve soil quality, increase water infiltration, and recycle nutrients. Their deep roots can tap soil water, allowing them to stay green year-round and act as fire buffers around residences. Native grasses also provide vital habitat to many species of insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Despite all of this, grasslands remain one of the most underprotected of California's vegetation types, and native grasslands have undergone the greatest percentage loss of any habitat type in the state. Grasses are also among the most difficult plants to identify. Organized alphabetically, Field Guide to Grasses of California covers the more common native and naturalized grasses, and features over 180 color illustrations to help identify them.

Britain's Ferns - A Field Guide to the Clubmosses, Quillworts, Horsetails and Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland... Britain's Ferns - A Field Guide to the Clubmosses, Quillworts, Horsetails and Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland (Paperback)
James Merryweather
R543 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R48 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The only comprehensive photographic guide to the ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails of Britain This is a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and user-friendly photographic identification guide to the fifty-seven ferns and seventeen other pteridophytes that occur in Britain. It is the perfect companion for botanists, naturalists, professional ecologists and anyone else with an interest in this fascinating group of non-flowering vascular plants. Designed to appeal to beginners and experts alike, this authoritative book includes novel identification keys and comparison tables that have been carefully devised to present only essential, easily understood technical terms and descriptions, avoiding jargon as much as possible. Cross-referenced throughout to facilitate the comparison of similar species, this definitive field guide is the go-to source for identifying these species with confidence. Features hundreds of stunning colour photographs Comprehensive coverage of Britain's 57 species of ferns, 6 clubmosses, 3 quillworts and 8 horsetails Includes novel, easy-to-use, jargon-free identification keys and comparison tables Beautifully designed, user-friendly and accessible

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