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Botany for Gardeners: Third Edition by Brian Capon

By Brian Capon

A bestseller given that its debut in 1990, this crucial and convenient reference has now been multiplied and up-to-date to incorporate an appendix on plant taxonomy and a accomplished index. dozen new images and illustrations make this re-creation even richer with info. Its handy paperback layout makes it effortless to hold and entry, even if you're in or out of the backyard. a necessary evaluate of the technological know-how at the back of vegetation for starting and complex gardeners alike.

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We have exploited them for fibers to make cloth, drugs to cure a multitude of ailments, and wood to construct houses, furniture, and ships. From them we have extracted raw materials to manufacture innumerable goods, including paper. Without that latter commodity, our detailed history would not have been recorded and so remembered, nor could knowledge have been so easily disseminated. And culture, the possession of which makes humans out of animals, would never have developed beyond the basic skills and habits of primitive peoples had we not had paper on which to write music, poetry, and prose.

In a forest of deciduous trees (ones that lose their leaves in winter), light-sensitive seeds remain dormant until early spring when the leaf canopy has not yet regrown but temperatures and soil water conditions are favorable for seedling growth. In evergreen tropical rain forests, germination may be delayed for years until the collapse of a large, old tree creates an opening where full sunlight can reach the ground and stimulate the waiting seeds. Another unusual requirement for germination of some seeds is the need to be scarified by fire.

Slowly, plants have revealed some of their secrets. Botany is a useful and rewarding study from which, unfortunately, many laypersons are frightened away by the technical jargon that constitutes the language of the science. The reader will encounter scientific words in the following pages. Some are part of the common parlance of gardeners. For want of suitable nontechnical equivalents, others cannot be avoided when writing such a book. Each technical word, whether common or obscure, is explained in the text and glossary, and occasional reference is made to the Greek and Latin roots from which these words have been derived.

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