A Natural History of Ferns

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Timber Press, 2004 - Gardening - 301 pages
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A Natural History of Ferns is an entertaining and informative look at why ferns and their relatives are unique among plants. Ferns live in habitats from the tropics to polar latitudes, and unlike seed plants, which endow each seed with the resources to help their offspring, ferns reproduce by minute spores. There are floating ferns, ferns that climb or live on trees, and ferns that are trees. There are poisonous ferns, iridescent ferns, and resurrection ferns that survive desert heat and drought. The relations of ferns and people are equally varied. Moran sheds light on Robinson Crusoe's ferns, the role of ferns in movies, and how ferns get their names.

A Natural History of Ferns
provides just what is needed for those who wish to grow ferns or observe them in their habitats with greater understanding and appreciation.

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Fascinant book, entertaining and accurately scientific, something rare to balance in scientific literature.This book is nothing to do with Gardening, but with a look into several aspects of Fern Biology, Ecology, Distribution, Taxonomy and Evolution. The foreword of Oliver Sacks is a bonus and complete the excellence of this book. 

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Robbin C. Moran is curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden. He is the author or coauthor of many papers and four books about ferns, including Fern Grower's Manual, published by Timber Press.

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