Botany

Explore the study of plants and some of the world’s wonderful species with our books on plant life.

Find out more about our botany books below.

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    50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    The most memorable and beautiful pictures from 50 years of the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition.

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    An Atlas of British Diatoms

    This comprehensive set of illustrations of freshwater and marine diatoms provides diatomists with detailed scale drawings of some 2,000 species. It encompasses all the common species, most of which are world-wide in distribution.

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    Annotated Checklist of the Flowering Plants of Nepal

    The Annotated Checklist of the Flowering Plants of Nepal is a first attempt to redress the gap in current botanical knowledge of the country, providing basic information on flowering plants of Nepal in a single volume.

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    Close-up

    See animals, plants and crystals in a whole new light in this stunning book, full of amazing images created by scanning electron microscope (SEM).

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    Component Version 2.0

    A computer program for analysing evolutionary trees for use in studies of phylogeny, tree shape distribution, gene trees/species trees, host-parasite cospeciation, and biogeography.

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    Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists

    This work provides a comprehensive reference source of British and Irish botanists and horticulturalists over the past four centuries. The book also includes plant collectors, flower painters and for the first time garden designers.

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    Encyclopedia of Nature

    What is life like underground? Where can you find the world's ugliest fish? Why are fungi so fantastic? Take an amazing look at the natural world with this comprehensive guide to the world of plants and animals.

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    Eyewitness: Plant

    Be an eyewitness to the fascinating world of plants - from flowers and fruit to plants that sting or even eat creatures.

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    Eyewitness: Tree

    Did you know that a single seed can cross an ocean? What happens when a leaf dies? How did the first flowers appear on Earth? Learn about the different varieties of the world's trees with this fascinating book.

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    Flora

    Fifty beautiful photographs of plant specimens held at the Museum, taken by award-winning photographer Nick Knight.

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    Flora

    Flora is an enchanting voyage of discovery through the history of some of our key garden plants.

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    Flora Mesoamericana volume 1

    Part of the first major regional flora ever written in Spanish, this volume covers the Psilotaceae, Salviniaceaeare, Pteridaceae, Thelypteridaceae, Lomariopsidaceae, Polypodiaceae, and Grammitidaceae plants growing in the south easternmost states of Mexico.

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    Flora Mesoamericana volume 6

    Part of the first major regional flora ever written in Spanish, this volume includes 326 genera and 1891 flowering plant species found in the south easternmost states of Mexico and the Central American republics.

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    Flora of Madeira

    This book describes all of the vascular plants of the Madeiran and Salvage Islands.

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    Flora of the Outer Hebrides

    A comprehensive guide to over 700 species of flowering plants and ferns of the Outer Hebrides.

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    Flora Zambesiaca

    Available in twelve volumes, Flora Zambesiaca is the definitive guide to the plant life of the Zambezi River basin, covering the territories of Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Caprivi Strip.

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    Fungi

    This book is a wonderful resource for botanists and all those interested in fungi, and is suitable for both the general reader or student looking for background reading.

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    Helechos de Mbaracayu

    This field guide to the ferns of the Mbaracayú Reserve is the result of an inventory of plants and some selected insect groups carried out by scientists from the Natural History Museum and the Fundación Moisés Bertoni from 1995 to 1998.

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    Herbarium Linnaeanum

    This CD-Rom, which provides images and contemporary annotations of specimens from the plant collection of Carl Linnaeus, will be fascinating to anyone with an interest in eighteenth-century natural history and botanical exploration in Russia.

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    Lichen Flora of Great Britain and Ireland

    Drawing on the expertise of 49 contributing lichenologists from Britain and abroad, this book contains the first comprehensive, modern account for over 60 years of all lichens occurring in the British Isles.

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    Lichens

    Packed with stunning photographs, Lichens reveals the varied and intriguing world of these fascinating organisms.

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    Mayangna panan basin: Plantas medicinales del pueblo Tawahka

    Medicinal plants used by the Tawahka people of Honduras are described in this unique book.

  • Plantas Comunes de Mbaracayu cover
    Plantas Comunes de Mbaracayu

    A guide in Spanish to the common plants of the Mbaracayu Forest nature reserve, Paraguay - a remnant of threatened habitat in South America.

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    Plant Names in Homeopathy

    This booklet provides a standard reference system for plant names used in homeopathy, which is of great benefit to all users of plant remedies.

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    Plant Taxonomic Literature Microfiche Collection

    This unique collection includes 4,679 important, and often rare, reference works in plant taxonomy, available by phytogeographic regions.

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    Potted Histories

    Through botanical paintings and insightful essays, Potted Histories examines the fascinating history of plants and flowers. Over 20 plant families are profiled, including cacti, daffodils, iris, magnolias, poppies, roses, tulips and water lilies.

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    Seaweeds

    From the microscopic to 60-metre long Pacific kelp, seaweeds are diverse. David Thomas brings the life of seaweeds to the amateur, exploring what they are, where they are found, and how they survive.

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    Seaweeds of the British Isles, Volume 1: Rhodophyta

    In this the first of three parts comprising Volume One, a general introduction to the Rhodophyta – dealing with such topics as morphology, reproduction and economic utilization – is followed by treatment of the orders Nemaliales and Gigartinales.

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    Seaweeds of the British Isles, Volume 1: Rhodophyta

    Part of a series of three volumes, this book identifies marine algae collected from the field. The sub-class and all orders, families, genera and species are described, notes on ecology and distribution given, and each named species is illustrated by one or more halftones showing distinctive features. It also includes a revision of the species of Porphyra.

  • Seaweeds of the British Isles Volume 1, Part 3A
    Seaweeds of the British Isles, Volume 1: Rhodophyta

    Written by leading authorities in red algae, this book covers all the families, genera and species in the red algae Ceramiales. Each entry gives notes on ecology and distribution, and there are user-friendly keys to identification of species and genera.

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    Seaweeds of the British Isles, Volume 2: Chlorophyta

    This book is the definitive guide to green seaweed from the British Isles.

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    Seaweeds of the British Isles, Volume 4: Tribophyceae - Xanthophyceae

    Volume four of this series explores the species attributed to the class Tribophyceae.

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    The Gilded Canopy

    How can a major art collection be on full display to the public, yet never be noticed? The answer is that it is on the ceiling.

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    Trees

    This book provides a comprehensive introduction to trees and their structure, answering questions from the apparently obvious to the obscure but fascinating. 

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    Trees of Britain and Ireland

    A treasure-trove of tree facts and photographs, with portraits of all the major native species, their history and ecology, and our relationship with them.

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    Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum

    Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum is an inspiration to anyone who wants to create a space for wild plants and animals.

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    Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 20

    This is the latest memorable collection of images from the prestigious annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition featuring all winning and highly commended photographs from the 2010 competition.

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    Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 21

    Presenting the very best wildlife images of 2011, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 21 is the latest memorable collection of photographs from this hugely popular series.

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    Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 23

    This beautiful portfolio captures all 100 winning and commended images from the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition.

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 24 cover
    Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 24

    This powerful collection of pictures features all the winning photographs from the prestigious 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

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