Plants – A Very Short Introduction


Plants – A Very Short Introduction Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press
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Pages: 160 Illustrations and other contents: 15 black and white illustrations ISBN: 9780199584062 Category:

Plants form a fundamental element of the biosphere, and the evolution of plants has directly affected the evolution of animal life and the evolution of the Earth’s climate. Plants have also become essential to humans not only in the form of cereal crops, fruit, and vegetables, but in their many other uses in wood and paper, and in providing medicines. Their aesthetic importance too in our parks and gardens as well as in wildflower meadows and great forests should not be underestimated. In this Very Short Introduction Timothy Walker, Director of the Botanical Gardens in Oxford, provides a concise account of the nature of plants, their variety, their evolution, and their importance and uses, stressing the need and efforts for their conservation for future generations.

Paperback. 152pp. 17.4cm x 11.3cm


Weight0.12 kg



Author Biography

Timothy Walker has degrees in both botany and horticulture, and has been director of the Botanic Garden in Oxford for 23 years.