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The Plant Hunters

True Stories Of Their Daring Adventures To The Far Corners Of The Earth

By Anita Silvey

Driven by an all-consuming passion, the plant hunters traveled around the world, facing challenges at every turn: tropical illnesses, extreme terrain, and dangerous animals. They battled piranhas, tigers, and vampire bats. Even the plants themselves could be lethal! But these intrepid eighteenth- and nineteenth-century explorers were determined to find and collect new and unusual specimens, no matter what the cost. Then they tried to transport the plants—and themselves—home alive. Creating an important legacy in science, medicine, and agriculture, the plant hunters still inspire the scientific and environmental work of contemporary plant enthusiasts.

Working from primary sources—journals, letters, and notes from the field—Anita Silvey introduces us to these daring adventurers and scientists. She takes readers into the heart of their expeditions to then-uncharted places such as the Amazon basin, China, and India. As she brings a colorful cast of characters to life, she shows what motivated these Indiana Jones–type heroes. In The Plant Hunters, science, history, and adventure have been interwoven to tell a largely forgotten—yet fascinating—story.

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Publish Date

2012

ISBN

0374309086


Format: Book
Author: Silvey, Anita
Summary: Presents the experiences and contributions of early adventurers, explorers, and scientists responsible for discovering and documenting new types of plants, showing how their often dangerous voyages help establish the field of botany.
Title: The plant hunters : true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth / Anita Silvey.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012.
Subject: Plant collecting -- History -- Juvenile literature. Plant collectors -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Isbn: 0374309086 9780374309084
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 10
System Items Total: 10
Call Number: 580.75 Sil
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Format: Book
Author: Silvey, Anita
Summary: Presents the experiences and contributions of early adventurers, explorers, and scientists responsible for discovering and documenting new types of plants, showing how their often dangerous voyages help establish the field of botany.
Title: The plant hunters : true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth / Anita Silvey.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012.
Description: 88 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Subjects: Plant collecting -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Plant collectors -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
LCCN: 2011005161
ISBN: 0374309086
ISBN: 9780374309084
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 10
Total Copies: 10
Call Number: 580.75 Sil