The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena
Adventures in Search of the World#s Rarest Species

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The botany can get thorny, with descriptions of stamens, stigmas and styles (and a rap on the knuckles for readers who were “daydreaming during biology”). The author comes across as passionate but prickly, with little time for bunglers. His gospel, however, is important.
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Carlos Magdalena of Kew Gardens is not your average botanical horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants from destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. He is a plant messiah. From the planet's tiniest waterlily - the Nymphaea thermarum - to Huarango trees with roots over 50 metres long, Carlos has a miraculous ability to bring breathtakingly beautiful plants back from the brink of extinction. He has travelled to the most remote and dangerous parts of the world - from the mountains of Peru to isolated Indian Ocean islands to the deepest Australian outback - in search of the rarest exotic species. Then, back in the Tropical Nursery at Kew, he uses pioneering, left-field techniques to help them grow. Now he's here to spread the gospel. The Plant Messiah is the inspirational story of a man who has devoted - and risked - his life to save incredible species, all in the name of making this Earth a greener and happier place. Amen to that.
 

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Published August 22, 2017 by Viking. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math.
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on Jun 08 2017

The botany can get thorny, with descriptions of stamens, stigmas and styles (and a rap on the knuckles for readers who were “daydreaming during biology”). The author comes across as passionate but prickly, with little time for bunglers. His gospel, however, is important.

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