- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books; 1st edition (8 Dec. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0563370238
- ISBN-13: 978-0563370239
- Package Dimensions: 25 x 17.8 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behaviour Hardcover – 8 Dec 1995
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1996
"The Private Life of Plants has already been viewed by 60 million Britons....And they stayed riveted for...five weeks to watch plants digest mice alive, strangle their hosts, trick male bees into copulating with their flowers, or ignite forest fires with chemicals to give their seedlings a better start in life. Vivid lives of hectic, electrifying action emerged, and even the hundreds of botanists consulted for the series found themselves gaining new insights into plant behavior."--Time (International Edition)
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It was the series that got me into plants, openning my eyes to just how amazing plants really are.
This book is a wonderfully interesting and educating read on it's own, but I do highly recomend watching the TV series as well as reading the book.
The language is wonderfully accessable, with out being overly simple. David Attenborough is a wonderful teacher and writer.
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The main point made in this well written and researched book is that plants enjoy many of the activities of animals but on a totally different timescale that can stretch to decades or centuries.The author delves into characteristics and secrets of plants that most people never give a second thought e.g. travel and parasitism.
There are 6 main chapters covering a)travel-how plants can travel over long distances b)feeding and growing-the necessityof light and water c)flowering - illustrations from the smallest bloom to the giant Tilam arum
d)the social struggle-the fight for plants to survive in various environments e) living together-the association of plants and animals particularly in the water environment and f)surviving-how plants need water, light,warmth and minerals to survive.
The pictures are good but the source of photographs p312-3 is very badly laid out.
A book to be recommended
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wanted high definition plans for inspiration in my art but disappointedPublished 8 months ago by cassandra
The book is fine but your prime delivery service is appalling. Keep this level of service up and I will cancel my account.Published 11 months ago by LP
Excellent book by my favourite tv naturalist, lovely plates and a great read. Lovely compliment to the TV seriesPublished 15 months ago by Liammons
Bought this for our granddaughter and she is over the moon about it. She is doing Biochemistry (Maths, Chemistry and Biology) at school and after seeing David Attenborough's... Read morePublished on 7 April 2014 by Mrs. L. B. Straughair