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Best Botany Books Everyone Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Botany books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification (2013)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadBotany in a Day, now available in a full-color version, is the plant identification method that thousands have used and learned. Looking for a faster, easier, and engaging way to identify plants? Related plants have similar characteristics, and they often have similar uses. Rather than learning new plants one-at-a-time, it is possible to learn them by the hundreds, based on plant family patterns.Each family of related plants has unique patterns for identification. Learn to recognize these patterns, and discover them again and again in the plants you encounter. It is possible to instantly recognize a plant never before…
Author(s): Thomas J. Elpel

2. Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition (2010)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadWhat happens inside a seed after it is planted? How are plants structured? How do plants reproduce? The answers to these and other questions about complex plant processes can be found in the bestselling Botany for Gardeners. Written in accessible language, this must-have guide allows gardeners and horticulturists to understand plants from the plant's point of view. Now in its third edition, Botany for Gardeners has now been expanded and updated, and includes an appendix on plant taxonomy, a comprehensive index, and dozens of new photos and illustrations.   #12,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #4 in Flowers…
Author(s): Brian Capon

3. Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary (2001)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadPlant identification employs an extensive and complex terminology. Professional botanists often need several years in the field to master this terminology, and it presents a daunting obstacle to the student of botany. The meaning of most botanical terms, however, is immediately apparent when an illustration is available. That is the purpose of this volume. Plant Identification Terminology provides over nineteen hundred clear illustrations of terms used in plant identification keys and descriptions. It also includes definitions for more than twenty-seven hundred taxonomic terms. #37,428 in Books (See Top…
Author(s): James G. Harris, Melinda Woolf Harris

4. The Secret Life of Plants (1989)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadExplore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial bestseller.In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants. Now available in a new edition, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants’ response to human care and nurturing, their ability to communicate with man, plants’ surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, their creative powers, and much more….
Author(s): Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird

5. The Botany Coloring Book (1982)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadThe Botany Coloring Book is an exciting, new approach to learning botany. Though this book is of particular value to students of botany, any reader with an interest in plant life will find it an enjoyable and highly effective way to learn about plants.Coloring provides an effective means of learning the fundamentals of botany. The structure and function of plants, a survey of the Plant Kingdom, and associated botanical terminology are all learned through the coloring process. Participation by the reader, through creative coloring, provides…
Author(s): Paul Young, Jacquelyn Giuffre

6. Botany Illustrated: Introduction to Plants, Major Groups, Flowering Plant Families (2006)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadThis easy-to-use book helps you acquire a wealth of fascinating information about plants. There are 130 pages with text, each facing 130 pages of beautiful illustrations. Each page is a separate subject. Included is a coloring guide for the realistic illustrations. The illustration pages are composed of scientifically accurate line drawings with the true sizes of the plants indicated. Using colored pencils and the authors’ instructions, you can color the various plant structures to stand out in vivid clarity. Your knowledge of plants increases rapidly as you color the illustrations. There…
Author(s): Janice Glimn-Lacy, Peter B. Kaufman

7. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2002)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadEvery schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have…
Author(s): Michael Pollan

8. The Nature of Plants: An Introduction to How Plants Work (2019)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadPlants play a critical role in how we experience our environment. They create calming green spaces, provide oxygen for us to breathe, and nourish our senses. In The Nature of Plants, ecologist and nursery owner Craig Huegel demystifies the complex lives of plants and provides readers with an elucidating journey into their inner and outer workings.Beginning with the importance of light, water, and soil, Huegel describes photosynthesis, plant circadian rhythms, and how best to position plants to receive optimal sunlight. He explains choosing artificial lights for landscaping, giving lucky bamboo its twisted shape, and tricking flowers like…
Author(s): Craig N. Huegel

9. From Seed to Plant (1991)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should Read  With simple language and bright illustrations, non-fiction master Gail Gibbons introduces young readers to the processes of pollination, seed formation, and germination.  Important vocabulary is reinforced with accessible explanation and colorful, clear diagrams showing the parts of plants, the wide variety of seeds, and how they grow.    The book includes instructions for a seed-growing project, and a page of interesting facts about plants, seeds, and flowers.   A nonfiction classic, and a perfect companion for early science lessons and curious young gardeners.   According…
Author(s): Gail Gibbons

10. Marijuana Botany: An Advanced Study: The Propagation and Breeding of Distinctive Cannabis (1993)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadMarijuana Botany presents the scientific knowledge and propagation techniques used to preserve and multiply vanishing Cannabis strains. Also included is information concerning Cannabis genetics and breeding used to begin plant improvement programs. The book presents scientific and horticultural principles, along with their practical applications, necessary for the breeding and propagation of Cannabis and in particular, marijuana. It will appeal not only to the professional researcher, but to the marijuana enthusiast or anyone with an eye to the future of Cannabis products. #81,816 in Books (See Top 100 in…
Author(s): Robert Connell Clarke

11. Botany For Dummies (2011)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadEmployment of biological scientists is projected to grow 21% over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations, as biotechnological research and development continues to drive job growth. Botany For Dummies gives you a thorough, easy-to-follow overview of the fundamentals of botany, helping you to improve your grades, supplement your learning, or review before a test. Tracking a typical course in botany, this hands-on, friendly guide is your ticket to acing this required course for your major in biology, microbiology, zoology, or elementary education. #92,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #16…
Author(s): René Fester Kratz

12. Edible Wild Plants: Eastern/Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) (1999)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadMore than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous lookalikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses.   #7,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #14 in Botany (Books) #11 in Outdoors & Nature Reference #27 in Plants in Biological Sciences Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Lee Allen Peterson, Roger Tory Peterson

13. Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers (2019)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should Read Do you have a passion for houseplants? A desire to grow more tomatoes? Do you want a garden bursting with colorful flowers? No matter what kind of plant fan you are, it’s easy to make more of your favorite plants—and it can be done for free! Plant Parenting is a beginner-friendly introduction to plant propagation. Leslie F. Halleck details the basic tools necessary, demystifies seed starting and saving, and shares easy-to-follow instructions for the most practical techniques. She also provides additional information on controlling pests and diseases and transplanting seedlings and…
Author(s): Leslie F. Halleck

14. What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses (2013)

 Best Botany Books Everyone Should ReadHow does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can it feel an insect’s tiny, spindly legs? And how do cherry blossoms know when to bloom? Can they remember the weather? For centuries we have marveled at plant diversity and form―from Charles Darwin’s early fascination with stems to Seymour Krelborn’s distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors. But now, in What a Plant Knows, the renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents an intriguing and scrupulous look at how plants themselves experience the world―from the colors they see to the schedules they keep. Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, he takes us…
Author(s): Daniel Chamovitz

Best Botany Books Everyone Should Read

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Botany Bay and the First Fleet: The Real Story

Author(s): Alan Frost
Publisher: Black Inc., Year: 4 Jun 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2394408

Progress in Botany Vol. 80

Author(s): Francisco M. Cánovas, Ulrich Lüttge, Rainer Matyssek, Hans Pretzsch
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354784

Chromosome Botany

Author(s): Sharma, Archana
Publisher: CRC Press LLC, Year: 2019, Size: 318 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2414772

Medicinal plants of Bangladesh and West Bengal: botany, natural products, and ethnopharmacology

Author(s): Wiart, Christophe
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2416064

PINEAPP: botany, production and uses

Publisher: CABI Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 51 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2351217

Computational Botany: Methods for Automated Species Identification

Author(s): Paolo Remagnino, Simon Mayo, Paul Wilkin, James Cope, Don Kirkup
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1607370

Progress in Botany Vol. 78

Author(s): Francisco M. Cánovas, Ulrich Lüttge, Rainer Matyssek (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1625712

Cannabis sativa L. - Botany and Biotechnology

Author(s): Suman Chandra, Hemant Lata, Mahmoud A. ElSohly (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1699174

The lime : botany, production and uses

Author(s): M. Mumtaz Khan, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Fahad Al-Said
Publisher: CABI, Year: 2017, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2076786

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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