Seeds: time capsules of life
Firefly Books, Jul 17, 2006 - Gardening - 264 pages
A remarkable collaboration of art and science celebrating the diversity of seeds.
An orchid seed may be minuscule, so small and light that one gram contains more than 7.5 million seeds. In contrast, a single-seeded Seychelles seed is a nut weighing up to 20 pounds. All seeds have the same purpose -- to travel through time and space until they reach the right place at the right moment to create a new plant.
This large-format book melds art and science in an authoritative examination of the design and function of seeds. Special light and scanning electron microscopy are used to obtain astonishing images of diverse seeds at various states of maturity. Pods, pouches, keys, nuts and other vehicles of dispersal are explained and illustrated.
These time capsules of life for plants familiar and strange are presented in minute, beautiful detail. Microphotographs of the tiniest seeds and extraordinarily detailed cutaway images of larger seeds are combined with text that explains the formation and maturation of seeds and describes how they find their way to becoming a copy of the parent plant. Literary references to plant reproduction are featured as well, along with early botanical illustrations.
Authoritative and richly illustrated, Seeds offers a fascinating and intimate look at the remarkable reproductive process of plants.
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A fascinating celebration of the “astounding diversity and complexity of seeds,” this jaw-droppingly beautiful 8¼"x9" volume is a unique melding of art and science. Seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy presents a contagiously enthusiastic natural history of these tiny yet sophisticated organs, from the appearance of the first seed plants around 360 million years ago to the founding of the Millennium Seed Bank in 2000. And then, the amazing images: Artist Rob Kesseler, using macrophotography and scans of electron micrographs, creates incredibly vivid close-ups of plants and the astonishingly intricate seeds that produce them. Designers, artists, scientists, gardeners, nature-lovers…well, just about anyone will be wowed by this unusual and incredible work.
Amazing photographs! Changed the way I looked at plants and gave me a new appreciation for airborne seeds.