Understanding Plants & the Vegetable Kingdom

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Understanding Plants & the Vegetable Kingdom
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The world of plants is astoundingly diverse. Thanks to 3 billion years of evolution, there are now more than 380,000 plant species on Earth.

For all curious readers, the Knowledge Guides open the door to a world of complex and captivating phenomena.

Accurate, detailed visual information is all defined in lay language to make it readily accessible to the non-expert. Definitions to scientific terms are given either in the explanation itself, or in the comprehensive glossary.

Table des matières

Table des matières
Understanding Plants & the Vegetable Kingdom 1
Table of Contents 5
Plant diversity 8
Plant classification 9
Plant cells 11
Algae 13
Fungi 15
Lichens 17
Mosses 19
Ferns 21
Conifers 23
Flowering plants 26
The anatomy of flowering plants 27
The root 31
The stem 35
The leaf 38
The flower 41
Inflorescences 45
Trees 47
Reproduction of flowering plants 52
Pollination 53
Fertilization 55
The seed 57
The fruit 58
Vegetative propagation 62
Nutrition and growth 64
Photosynthesis 65
Sap 68
Heterotrophic plants 71
Plant growth 75
Plant hormones 79
Tropisms 80
Plants and their environments 82
Plant formations 83
The tropical rainforest 85
Savannas 87
Temperate forests 89
Succulent plants 91
Aquatic plants 93
Protected areas 95
Food plants 98
Vegetables 99
Fruits 104
Cereals 107
Edible algae and mushrooms 109
Herbs and spices 110
Ingredients made from plants 111
Beverages 113
Plants used in industry 116
The wood industry 117
Papermaking 119
Natural rubber 121
Medicinal plants 122
Fiber plants 123
Glossary 125
Index 127
Photo credits 129