Flora contains 20 essays on the history of key plant families and over 160 illustrations. Those profiled include cacti, daffodils, iris, magnolia, poppies, roses, tulips and waterlilies. The book explains how plants have adopted remarkable behaviours for survival in a variety of harsh habitats and also tells the remarkable stories of the adventurous botanist explorers who braved disease, slave traders, wars, jungles and other dangers to collect plants now commonly grown in our own gardens. Flora is graced with hundreds of stunning colour illustrations selected from the vast collection of original botanical paintings held at the Natural History Museum in London...Accompanying the book are 36 beautiful colour prints, reproduced directly from Flora and printed on the highest quality paper, perfect for framing.
Merit Researcher and Head of the Plants Division at the Natural History Museum, London, Sandra Knapp has spent many years collecting plants in tropical Central and South America. She is an expert on the plant family Solanaceae, which includes such economically important species as the potato and tomato, and is the author of several books including Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazon and The Gilded Canopy...The Library of the Natural History Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of natural history literature and artworks in the world. It holds over half a million artworks, comprising one of Britain's biggest art collections and representing all the great natural history artists.