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A Natural History of Ferns
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
Oliver Sacks, renowned neurologist and fellow pteridologist (student of ferns), rightly introduces Moran as an engaging writer as well as leading expert on these vascular plants. In a book originating from articles for the American Fern Society's Fiddlehead Forum, Moran (New York Botanical Garden; Fern Grower's Manual, Timber Press, 2001) treats such topics as the fern's asexual lifestyle, living fossils, and similarities between North American and Asian flora. He includes distribution maps, a glossary, and color plates.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
For anyone who wishes to grow ferns or observe them in their habitats with greater understanding, this is an entertaining and informative look at why ferns are unique among plants.
About the Author
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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