Pollen grains have fascinated the scientifically curious since the seventeenth century. They are minute almost impossible to visualise without a high-powered microscope. In life they remain enclosed beyond the accessible beauty of the flower until the moment of release, when, carried by wind, water or animal vectors, they achieve their purpose of procreation.
This beautifully produced and highly original book by an artist and botanical scientist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, results from their shared fascination for the perfect designs of these microscopic organisms. Using light and scanning electron microscopy they have created a dazzling array of pollen grain images, combined with exquisite photographs of their parent plants. The accessible text provides a clear explanation of the structure and form of pollen and a detailed description of the remarkable events that occur from pollination to fertilisation.
A sumptuous and intriguing book that is informative and a visual delight.