The private life of plants : a natural history of plant behaviour

by Attenborough, David, 1926-

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QK50 .A77 1995
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  QK50 .A77 1995
Moon Township Public Library Non-Fiction 581 ATTENBOROUGH
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  581 ATTENBOROUGH
Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 581.5 ATT 1995
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  581.5 ATT 1995
Upper St. Clair Township Library Gardening 634 ATT
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Gardening
Call Number  634 ATT
Noncirculating (2)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance) r QK50 .A77 1995
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance)
Call Number  r QK50 .A77 1995
Carnegie Museum of Natural History Education QK50 .A77 1995
Location  Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Collection  Education
Call Number  QK50 .A77 1995

Based on the immensely popular six-part BBC program that aired in the United States during the fall of 1995, this book offers what writer/filmmaker David Attenborough is best known for delivering: an intimate view of the natural world wherein a multitude of miniature dramas unfold. In the program and book, both titled The Private Life of Plants , Attenborough treks through rainforests, mountain ranges, deserts, beaches, and home gardens to show us things we might never have suspected about the vegetation that surrounds us. With their extraordinary sensibility, plants compete endlessly for survival and interact with animals and insects: they can see, count, communicate, adjust position, strike, and capture. Attenborough makes the plant world a vivid place for readers, who in this book can enjoy the tour at their own pace, taking in the lively descriptions and nearly 300 full-color photos showing plants in close detail.

The author reveals to us the aspects of plants' lives that seem hidden from view, such as fighting, avoiding or exploiting predators or neighbors, and struggling to find food, increase their territories, reproduce themselves, and establish their place in the sun. Among the most amazing examples, the acacia can communicate with other acacias and repel enemies that might eat their leaves, the orchid can impersonate female wasps to attract males and ensure the spreading of its pollen, the Venus's flytrap can take other organisms captive and consume them. Covering this remarkable range of information with enthusiasm and clarity, Attenborough helps us to look anew at the vegetation on which all life depends and which has an intriguing life of its own. He has created a book sure to please the plant lover and any other reader interested in exploring the natural world.

Additional Information
Subjects Plants.
Publisher Princeton, NJ :Princeton University Press,1995
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 320 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 0691006393 (cloth : alk. paper)
Other Classic View