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Title   Cabaret of Plants : Botany and the Imagination 

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Author   MABEY Richard  ISBN   9781861976628  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Profile Books Ltd. (UK)  Group   Reference View shopping cart
Binding   Hardback Category   Natural Hist  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2015 
Subject   Botany & plant sciences 
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Synopsis In Richard Mabey's characteristically lyrical and informative tome, 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 baobab, 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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