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Flowering Earth

Even a diehard urbanite would likely be seduced by this extraordinary chronicle of the plant kingdom... " -Publishers Weekly ... much more than the fascinating story of plant life... It is also a book about the resilience of life itself, the mystery and power of the unseen energy appearing in the visible world in a marvelous variety of forms." -Audubon Naturalist News Here is Mr. Peattie at his superb best.... [H]e makes the story of botany and its pursuit as fascinating to the reader as it is to him, and the reading of it a delight." -Hartford Times [Peattie] belongs with Gilbert White, Thoreau, John Burroughs, W. H. Hudson, Richard Jeffries, and John Muir." -Mark van Doren First published in 1939, this beautifully imaginative book is about botany much in the same sense that Walden is about a pond. Part natural history, part biography, and part philosophical reflection, Flowering Earth is written in a warm, lyrical style that made poet-scientist Donald Culross Peattie one of America's best-known naturalist writers.
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Foreword I. On Striking Your Roots II. On Branching Out III. Chlorophyll: the Sun Trap IV. What a Plant Is V. Protoplasm-the Body of Life VI. The Seeds of Life VII. The First Algas VIII. The Seaweeds IX. The Fern Forests X. Diatoms-Grass of the Sea XI. Conifers and Cycads XII. The Rise of the Modern Floras XIII. A Transplanting XIV. A Garden Alliance XV. The Moment of Flowering XVI. The Sleep of the Seed XVII. Growth XVIII. The Web of Life Afterword Index

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