Introduction Focus spread on evolution of plant life, its variety, and how it underpins all other life Sacred lotus (self-cleaning leaves) Baobab (hollow interiors used as prisons, pubs, municipal water tanks) Venus fly-trap (carnivorous) Resurrection plant Lithops (stone plants) Focus spread explaining how plants get their energy and nutrients Giant waterlily Mopane Bee Orchid Bladderwort (waterborne carnivorous plant) Coast redwoods (build landforms) Focus spread explaining chemical messaging Aspen (40,000 year US clones oldest living organism on earth) Moonflower (night-flowering cactus that blooms on just one night in year and is pollinated by hawkmoth with 12 in tongue) Rubber tree Dodder (rootless parasite which sniffs and wriggle its way toward host) Air plant (tillandsia) floats about rain forest, living off mist and rainwash Focus spread explaining symbiotic relationships Brazil nut tree (complex symbiotic life) Tank bromeliad (rainforest epiphyte with entire ecosystem in its water reservoir) Burdock (inspiration for Velcro) Indian balsam (explosive seed-pods) Mimosa, the Sensitive plant (responds to touch, and has a sophisticated memory) Focus spread explaining plant senses (responses to sound, light, weather, touch) Cacti, and devices for gathering and storing water Cycads, and seaborne seeds Titan arum Focus spread on protecting plants and their habitats
Dr Chris Thorogood is a plant hunter and botanist who has been fascinated by plants for a long as he can remember, having spent much of his childhood growing bizarre and unusual plants including carnivores and parasites. He is now Head of Science & Public Engagement at Oxford University Botanic Garden. Chris is the author of Weird Plants (Kew Publishing, 2018) as well as several botanic field guides.Catell Ronca was born in Basel, Switzerland and lives and works in Lucerne. Catell graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and works for a variety of international clients in publishing, editorial and advertising. Her work is regularly recognised in Illustration Annuals. Her plant illustrations are expressive, bold, lively, and saturated in colour.