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Rooted - The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction (Paperback): Josh MacIvor-Andersen Rooted - The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction (Paperback)
Josh MacIvor-Andersen; Introduction by Bill McKibben
R377 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Beach Book - Vegetation from Rock Pools to Dune Bush (Paperback): Jerry Gosnell The Beach Book - Vegetation from Rock Pools to Dune Bush (Paperback)
Jerry Gosnell
R99 R79 Discovery Miles 790 Save R20 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Fore and Rear dune plants section will appeal particularly to those living just behind the dunes. An array of flora from beach dune to coastal forest is depicted, enabling quick identification for rehabilitation and your dune garden. No excuses now as you feast over the pages covering dune scrub, grasses, the colourful marguerite, vygies, gazania, creepers and the magnificent coastal aloes., Trees species include renowned Natal wild banana, the beautiful coast red-milkwood, the Natal guarrie and the lagoon hibiscus. Seaweeds covers an exciting range found in the sub-tidal fringe (below low water spring tide), through lower, mid and upper Inter-tidal zones to high water spring tide. The reproduction and uses of seaweeds is explained as is the role of seaweeds in the marine environment. Commonly found green, brown and red seaweeds are included. There is no doubt that one will obtain great pleasure identifying seaweeds whilst balancing on the edge of a pool.

What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? - Western Civilization in Fifty Plants (Hardcover): Stephen A. Harris What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? - Western Civilization in Fifty Plants (Hardcover)
Stephen A. Harris 1
R436 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R79 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When did the British Government become the world's largest drugs pusher? What tree is frequently used to treat cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday life. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle which give us milk for our cappuccinos to the rubber tree which produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. Taking us on a chronological journey, Stephen Harris identifies fifty plants that have been key to the development of the Western world, discussing trade, politics, medicine, travel and chemistry along the way. Plants have provided paper and ink, chemicals that could kill or cure, vital sustenance and stimulants. Some, such as barley, have been staples from earliest times; others, such as oil palm, are newcomers to Western industry. Moreover, with time, uses change: beets, which have been used variously as a treatment for leprosy, source of sugar and animal feed, are now showing potential as biofuels. What may the future hold for mandrake or woad? We remain dependent on plants for our food, our fuel and our medicines. Their effects on our lives, as the stories in this wide-ranging and engaging book demonstrate, continue to be profound, and often unpredictable.

Milk Mushrooms of North America - A Field Identification Guide to the Genus Lactarius (Hardcover, New): Alan E. Bessette Milk Mushrooms of North America - A Field Identification Guide to the Genus Lactarius (Hardcover, New)
Alan E. Bessette
R2,742 Discovery Miles 27 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a comprehensive field guide to the milk mushrooms of North America. Featuring over 150 species and varieties, this volume includes detailed descriptions and more than 250 rich color photographs. The photographs were selected for high-quality color fidelity, documentary merit, and aesthetic appeal of the subject. The number of species described and illustrated in color, some for the very first time, is substantially more than has previously appeared in any other single work devoted to the milk mushrooms of North America. With accurate, detailed, and easy-to-follow descriptions, this volume is ideally suited for both amateur mushroom enthusiasts and professional mycologists. In addition to the descriptions and illustrations, it includes sections devoted to the features and process of identification, to the ecology of milk mushrooms, and to the edibility of members of the genus Lactarius. Additional sections for species related to Lactarius and hyperparasites of the genus are included in this field guide.

Wildflowers of the Coastal Plain - A Field Guide (Hardcover): Ray Neyland Wildflowers of the Coastal Plain - A Field Guide (Hardcover)
Ray Neyland
R843 R664 Discovery Miles 6 640 Save R179 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wildflowers of the Coastal Plain provides detailed information on 535 species of herbaceous plants, vines, and shrubs inhabiting one of the great floristic provinces of the United States. The coastal plain extends from southeast Texas eastward to Florida and includes the Mississippi River flood plain, which stretches from southern Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. It embraces all but the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and proceeds up the eastern seaboard into southern New Jersey and includes parts of Long Island and Cape Cod. In this indispensable guide, botanist Ray Neyland catalogs the native flora, as well as the naturalized species found throughout the far-flung but unified coastal plain.

Each illuminating entry includes a vivid color photograph of the wildflower in its natural setting, the plant's scientific and common names, and a precise description of the species, including its range and blooming time. Some entries describe modern and historical applications for the plants -- such as use by Native Americans for food or medicine -- and mention closely related species to prevent confusion in identification. The volume's simplified glossary and a series of line drawings explain essential botanical terms. Dichotomous keys facilitate a helpful step-by-step identification method, allowing readers to begin with what they know -- a flower's color -- and then follow a process of elimination (Is the plant aquatic or not? Are the leaves fan shaped or linear?).

A sturdy, flexible cover makes this guide the perfect companion on outdoor excursions. With its beautiful color photographs, instructive descriptions, and wide-ranging geographic scope, Wildflowers of the Coastal Plain is an integral reference for every nature lover.

The Story Of Trees - And How They Changed The Way We Live (Hardcover): Kevin Hobbs, David West The Story Of Trees - And How They Changed The Way We Live (Hardcover)
Kevin Hobbs, David West
R735 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R174 (24%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Story of Trees takes the reader on a visual journey from some of the earliest known tree species on our planet to the latest fruit cultivars.

The chosen trees have all had a profound effect on the planet and humankind. Starting with the Ginkgo biloba, fossils of which date back 270 million years, we learn about how trees came to be integral to the development of our species and how specific trees have become important religious, political and cultural symbols.

With beautiful illustrations by Thibaud Herem and fascinating botanical facts and figures, this book will appeal to tree lovers from all over the world.

A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us (Paperback): Matt Ritter A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us (Paperback)
Matt Ritter; Foreword by Peter H Raven
R475 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

We bring the strength and beauty of the natural world into our urban landscapes by planting trees, and California is blessed with a rich horticultural history, visible in an abundance of cultivated trees that enrich our lives with extraordinary color, bizarre shapes, unusual textures,

and unexpected aromas. A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us features over 150 of California's most commonly grown trees. Whether native or cultivated, these are the trees that muffle noise, create wildlife habitats, mitigate pollution, conserve energy, and make urban living healthier and more peaceful. Used as a field guide or read with pleasure for the liveliness of the prose, this book will allow readers to learn the stories behind the trees that shade our parks, grace our yards, and line our streets. Rich in photographs and illustrations, overflowing with anecdote and information, A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us opens our eyes to a world of beauty just outside our front doors.

Herbarium Vitae Roses & Peonies, 1 (Hardcover): P. Atkey Herbarium Vitae Roses & Peonies, 1 (Hardcover)
P. Atkey
R402 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R63 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

!Herbarium Vitae! is a collection of illustrations by artist, Phoebe Atkey. A part of NHP's Collective Shorts series, here we see Atkey produce a series of work in the style of traditional Victorian herbarium or animalium depictions, but reimagined with a modern twist. This book takes us through a set of exquisite floral images of Roses and Peonies. Atkey's artistry is detailed and precise but this, set against a more minimal book design, provides an alternative but fun way to showcase her fantastic, artistic abilities. In this book, alongside the whimsical and beautiful floral illustrations, Atkey also interjects with fuller illustrations of these plants in situ and also scenes which draw on the key theme of this book. Laden with subtle and peaceful colour tones, each image touches on the beauty of Atkey's floral subjects. "Herbarium Vitae" is part of an exciting new book series that NHP Publishing and Phoebe Atkey are developing togeher - Herbarium & Animalium - and that encompass through precise and shart illustrations the worlds of plants, trees, animals but also and possibily minerals and other elements.

Sedges of the Northern Forest - A Photographic Guide (Paperback): Jerry Jenkins Sedges of the Northern Forest - A Photographic Guide (Paperback)
Jerry Jenkins
R380 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R76 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Northern Forest Region lies between the oak forests of the eastern United States and the boreal forests of eastern Canada. It is, collectively, one of the largest and most continuous temperate forests left in the world and, like much of the biosphere, it is at risk. This guide is an essential companion for those interested in stewardship and conservation of the region. Through multi-image composite photos that allow for unparalleled depth and clarity, this unique guide illustrates the 236 varied and beautiful, and often overlooked, sedges of the Northern Forest. Large, easy-to-use format Easily identify and compare different sedges Fully illustrated with high-definition composite images Accompanying large-scale foldout charts also available A complete online archive of images and articles, including digital atlases, is available at northernforestatlas.org.

Around the World In 80 Trees (Paperback): Jonathan Drori Around the World In 80 Trees (Paperback)
Jonathan Drori; Illustrated by Lucille Clerc 1
R385 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R82 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 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.

The Botanical World of Lesley Goren - California Native Flowers No. 2 (Miscellaneous printed matter): Lesley Goren The Botanical World of Lesley Goren - California Native Flowers No. 2 (Miscellaneous printed matter)
Lesley Goren
R480 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Botanical World of Lesley Goren - California Native Flowers No. 1 (Miscellaneous printed matter): Lesley Goren The Botanical World of Lesley Goren - California Native Flowers No. 1 (Miscellaneous printed matter)
Lesley Goren
R480 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
CITES & Timber - Ramin (Hardcover): Lucy Garrett, Noel McGough, Madeleine Groves CITES & Timber - Ramin (Hardcover)
Lucy Garrett, Noel McGough, Madeleine Groves
R1,074 R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Save R153 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first in a series of guides to timbers regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It gives the vital information required by CITES authorities and traders, in a simple and visually attractive form, on what requires permits, international trade patterns and the identification of wood and products in trade. It includes an innovative interactive CD-ROM for the identification of RAMIN timbers regulated by CITES. The CD-ROM contains a database of photographs of macroscopic characteristics with descriptions and notes on identification and works on a process of elimination to arrive at the identification of a particular timber. The guide targets trade in Ramin (Gonystylus spp.) a light tropical hardwood, native to peat forest swamps of Southeast Asia, which is regulated on Appendix II of CITES and has a significant international trade in wood, semi-finished products (furniture parts, louver doors) and finished products (picture frames, pool cues).

Collins Complete Irish Wildlife - Introduction by Derek Mooney (Paperback): Paul Sterry Collins Complete Irish Wildlife - Introduction by Derek Mooney (Paperback)
Paul Sterry
R518 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R143 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The essential photographic guide to Ireland's wildlife. Collins Complete Irish Wildlife describes almost all the mammals, birds, fish and butterflies of Ireland likely to be encountered by the keen amateur naturalist, as well as all the common and widespread flowers, trees and shrubs. With over 1,000 colour photographs, this comprehensive guide illustrates every species described. The introduction by Ireland's best known wildlife expert, Derek Mooney, sets out where you can find the best of Irish wildlife. Reptiles and amphibians, insects and spiders, molluscs and other invertebrates are also featured, and species are organised taxonomically. Each section is coded with a symbol for quick reference and species are grouped according to natural relationships and similarities. Collins Complete Irish Wildlife is a book no nature lover should travel without.

Invasive Animals & Plants - A Folding Pocket Guide to North America's Most Aggressive Invasive Species (Pamphlet): James... Invasive Animals & Plants - A Folding Pocket Guide to North America's Most Aggressive Invasive Species (Pamphlet)
James Kavanagh, Waterford Press
R180 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R19 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Invasive species are threatening our eco-systems and impacting the lives of our native North American plants and animals. This beautifully illustrated pocket-sized guide highlights over 90 of the most destructive species of invasive birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants. Field marks, method of introduction and methods of control are covered, making this guide an ideal tool for users ranging from gardeners to land management professionals. Laminated for durability, this handy guide is a great source of portable information. Made in the USA.www.waterfordpress.com

Nature's Garden - A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants (Paperback): Samuel Thayer Nature's Garden - A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants (Paperback)
Samuel Thayer
R635 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R125 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A detailed guide to all aspects of using edible wild plants, from identifying and collecting through preparation. Covers all 41 plants in-depth, the text is accompanied by multiple color photos.

Dr. Sebi Cure for Cancer - How to Naturally Get Cancer Treatment Using Dr. Sebi Alkaline Diet, Nutritional Guide, Food List and... Dr. Sebi Cure for Cancer - How to Naturally Get Cancer Treatment Using Dr. Sebi Alkaline Diet, Nutritional Guide, Food List and Herbs (Paperback)
Carin C Hendry
R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The New Common Weeds of the United States (Paperback): Steve W Chadde The New Common Weeds of the United States (Paperback)
Steve W Chadde; Illustrated by Regina O Hughes
R532 Discovery Miles 5 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Britain's Tree Story (Hardcover): Julian Hight Britain's Tree Story (Hardcover)
Julian Hight
R607 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R163 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A lovingly researched and superbly illustrated celebration of Britain's oldest and most famous trees told through history, literature, and legend Trees have always inspired awe and wonder and some of our ancient trees have been standing for over a thousand years. In this fascinating and lovingly researched book the author selects the most interesting of them and compares archive photographs and engravings with contemporary color photographs. Some of the trees featured have changed drastically over the centuries, while others seem to have hardly changed at all. Each tree has its own distinct shape and character which it carries through its lifetime. Many of the trees in" Britain's Tree Story" are still standing and there is a gazetteer of where to see them, including in various National Trust properties. "Britain's Tree Story" is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain's trees and the intriguing legends and stories that surround them. Ancient trees are a living link to our past and they often provide a fragile constant in an ever-changing world.

The Drunken Botanist (Hardcover): Amy Stewart The Drunken Botanist (Hardcover)
Amy Stewart
R554 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R105 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.

Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.

This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party."

Flora of North Lancashire (Hardcover): Eric Greenwood Flora of North Lancashire (Hardcover)
Eric Greenwood
R1,479 R1,362 Discovery Miles 13 620 Save R117 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a hugely important new publication, an essential work of reference for the flora and ecology of Lancashire north of the Ribble, both now and into the future. Detailed and exhaustively researched, it represents a unique and indispensable snapshot to act as a baseline for the ongoing analysis of changes in our natural environment.Well-known and respected expert Eric Greenwood has put years of meticulous work into presenting this authoritative 656-page account, which also contains hundreds of distribution maps.This book highlights the world-wide significance of Lancashire s temperate, oceanic deciduous woodland and bog communities, and tries to explain changes including the impact of humans and climate."

Never Mind the Burdocks, 365 Days of Foraging in the British Isles - Winter Edition - December to February (Paperback): Emma... Never Mind the Burdocks, 365 Days of Foraging in the British Isles - Winter Edition - December to February (Paperback)
Emma Gunn; Illustrated by Emma Gunn, Orlagh Murphy; Designed by Leap
R377 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R36 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
In Search of the Canary Tree - The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World (Hardcover): Lauren E. Oakes In Search of the Canary Tree - The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World (Hardcover)
Lauren E. Oakes 1
R566 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R92 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Where mountains meet ocean in Alaska's Alexander Archipelago, white skeletons of dead yellow cedar trees stand prominently amidst a verdant landscape of old-growth forests. Researchers spent nearly three decades deciphering the cause of the majestic species' death and uncovering climate change as the culprit. Lauren E. Oakes, a young scientist at Stanford University, was one of them. But even as she set to record the demise of a species, she soon found herself immersed in an even bigger, and totally unexpected, story: how the people of Alaska were adapting to the tree's disappearance, and how the tree itself, seemingly doomed, was adapting to a changing world. In Search of the Canary Tree is the story of six years that Oakes and her team spent in the Alaskan wilds, studying thousands of trees and saplings along the archipelago of southeast Alaska. Far from losing faith in the survival of our woodlands, she discovered the resiliency of forgotten forests, flourishing again after years of destruction and decomposition. And, through deep encounters with loggers, naturalists, Native weavers, and enthusiasts of the yellow cedar, Oakes discovered how the people of Alaska were determined to develop new relationships with the emerging environment. Where many scientists and commentators have found in climate change an unmitigated disaster, Oakes found beacons of hope even in the disorienting death of a species. Above all else, Oakes shows us that, although we can respond to climate change with either fear or denial, we can also find in it a new world, and one that doesn't necessarily have to be for the worst. Eloquent, insightful, and deeply heartening, In Search of the Canary Tree shows how human and natural resilience can help preserve ourselves, even in our rapidly changing world.

Scottish Wild Flowers (Paperback, Reprint): Michael Scott Scottish Wild Flowers (Paperback, Reprint)
Michael Scott
R287 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R68 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Packed full of information, "Scottish Wild Flowers" is an ideal guide for both visitors and residents of Scotland who wish to learn about the fascinating wealth of wild flowers that can be found there. Each species is illustrated in full colour with a comprehensive description, plus the plant's English, Latin and Gaelic names. For ease of use, the plants are grouped together by the type of habitat in which they can be found, including Highlands, Lowlands and Coasts. Habitats are arranged from those most influenced by humans, progressing towards wilder and more remote areas. The book includes a section with up-to-date details about places of interest and the best sites for finding some of the most attractive and special species of wild flowers in Scotland.

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont - A Naturalist's Guide to the... Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont - A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia (Paperback, New edition)
Timothy P. Spira
R692 R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Save R130 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This richly illustrated field guide serves as an introduction to the wildflowers and plant communities of the southern Appalachians and the rolling hills of the adjoining piedmont. Rather than organizing plants, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, by flower color or family characteristics, as is done in most guidebooks, botanist Tim Spira takes a holistic, ecological approach that enables the reader to identify and learn about plants in their natural communities. This approach, says Spira, better reflects the natural world, as plants, like other organisms, don't live in isolation; they coexist and interact in myriad ways. Full-color photo keys allow the reader to rapidly preview plants found within each of the 21 major plant communities described, and the illustrated species description for each of the 340 featured plants includes fascinating information about the ecology and natural history of each plant in its larger environment. With this new format, readers can see how the mountain and piedmont landscapes form a mosaic of plant communities that harbor particular groups of plants. The volume also includes a glossary, illustrations of plant structures, and descriptions of sites to visit. Whether you're a beginning naturalist or an expert botanist, this guidebook is a useful companion on field excursions and wildflower walks, as well as a valuable reference. Southern Gateways Guide is a registered trademark of the University of North Carolina Press |This field guide serves as an introduction to the wildflowers and plant communities of the southern Appalachians and the adjoining piedmont. Rather than organizing plants, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, by flower color or family characteristics, as is done in most guidebooks, botanist Tim Spira takes a holistic, ecological approach that enables the reader to identify and learn about plants in their natural communities.

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