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An orchard invisible : a natural history of seeds

Author: Jonathan W Silvertown; Amy Whitesides
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution. From the tiny sesame that we sprinkle on our bagels to the forty-five-pound double coconut borne by the coco de mer tree, seeds are a perpetual reminder of the complexity and diversity of life on earth. How and why do some lie dormant for years on end? How did seeds evolve? The wide variety of uses that humans have developed for seeds of all sorts also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan W Silvertown; Amy Whitesides
ISBN: 9780226757735 0226757730 9780226757742 0226757749
OCLC Number: 262429482
Description: 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: An orchard invisible: seeds --
First forms minute: evolution --
Even beans do it: sex --
Before the seed: pollination --
According to their own kinds: inheritance --
O rose, thou art sick!: enemies --
The biggest coconut I ever see: size --
Ten thousand acorns: number --
Luscious clusters of the vine: fruit --
Winged seeds: dispersal --
Circumstance unknown: fate --
Fierce energy: germination --
Sorrow's mysteries: poisons --
Ah, sun-flower!: oil --
John Barleycorn: beer --
Realm of illusion: coffee --
Nourishment and inspiration: gastronomy.
Responsibility: Jonathan Silvertown ; with illustrations by Amy Whitesides.

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The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution. This book presents the oft-ignored seed with the natural history it deserves, one nearly as varied and surprising as the earth's flora  Read more...
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"Anyone who has ever marveled at the idea of a tree exploding from something as tiny as a seed will exalt in the beauty of this book." - San Francisco Chronicle "I loved this little book.... An Read more...

 
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