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Dimensions:
220 × 145 × 20 mm
240 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781789140521
Illustrations:
110 illustrations, 100 in colour
Published:
10 Jun 2019
Series:
Botanical

Carnivorous Plants Dan Torre

Carnivorous plants are a unique group, possessing modified leaves to trap, kill and consume small creatures. As a result they are often depicted as killers in films and literature, yet others regard them as exotic and beautiful specimens to collect and display.

In this abundantly illustrated and highly entertaining book, Dan Torre describes the evolution, structure and scientific background of carnivorous plants. He also shows how they have inspired our imagination, examining their cultural and social history, and how they have been represented in art, literature, cinema, animation and popular culture.

This fascinating history will appeal to the wide audience interested in these singular, arresting, beautiful yet deadly plants.

‘We’re not inclined to think of plants deriving nourishment from "meat" and yet there are currently more than 700 recognised species of carnivorous plants. This book features exquisite images of many of them, along with the author’s entertaining and comprehensive information on their evolution, structure, scientific background, and social and cultural history.’ — Gardening Australia Magazine

‘The story telling is exemplary, and complex concepts are explained simply and without fuss. The combination of factual detail and entertaining cultural references works well for me. Dan Torre takes you from Ed Wood to Pokémon, from surrealistic art to synergistic relationships between bats and plants, all without missing a beat. This is one of those books that takes an already fascinating topic – animal-eating plants – and makes it even more exciting, more weird and endlessly fascinating.’ — Tim Entwhistle, Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia

‘It is rare to find a book that can reveal new information or provide a significantly different perspective to a topic that the reader thinks they are familiar. . . The author, in bringing up topics unfamiliar to me, inspired me to investigate topics more fully, revealing whole worlds of which I was not aware. The sign of a good non-fiction book is to provide information that the reader does not know, and allow a deeper understanding of a given topic. Carnivorous Plants by Dan Torre is one of the few books that provides sound information and interweaves various fields of knowledge that would not normally come together creating a body of work that is comprehensive. The style is easily accessible and ultimately readable and entertaining.’ — Associate Professor Randall W. Robinson, Victoria University Melbourne


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Dan Torre is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He is an avid grower and collector of cacti, and author of Cactus (Reaktion, 2017).

Introduction

1 The Natural History of Carnivorous Plants
2 More than Just a Meal
3 A Remarkable Discovery
4 Attack of the Killer Plants
5 Magnificent Carnivores
6 Collecting, Growing and Conserving Carnivorous Plants

Timeline of Carnivorous Plants
References
Further Reading
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index