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The Cabaret of Plants - Botany and the Imagination (Hardcover, Main) Loot Price: R381
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The Cabaret of Plants - Botany and the Imagination (Hardcover, Main): Richard Mabey

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The Cabaret of Plants - Botany and the Imagination (Hardcover, Main)

Richard Mabey

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In Richard Mabey's characteristically lyrical and informative tone, The Cabaret of Plants explores plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken that cliched but real human emotion of wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief. Picked from every walk of life, they encompass crops, weeds, medicines, religious gathering-places and a water lily named after a queen. Beginning with pagan cults and creation myths, the cultural significance of plants has burst upwards, sprouting into forms as diverse as the panacea (the cure-all plant ginseng, a single root of which can cost up to $10,000), Newton's apple, the African 'vegetable elephant' or boabab, whose swollen trunks store thousands of litres of water - and the mystical, night-flowering Amazonian cactus, the moonflower. From Ice Age artists, to the Romantic poets, via colonialism and the nineteenth century botanical mania of empire, Mabey concludes his magnum opus with the latest revelations of possible 'plant intelligence' in this extraordinary collection of encounters between plants and people.

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Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 2015
Authors: Richard Mabey
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 30mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 386
Edition: Main
ISBN-13: 978-1-86197-662-8
Categories: Books > Health, Home & Family > Gardening
Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets
Books > Health, Home & Family > Gardening > General
Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > Plant life: general
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LSN: 1-86197-662-3
Barcode: 9781861976628

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