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Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers.

SHARMAN APT RUSSELL

Often looked upon as just pretty faces, flowers nevertheless command an essential role in the botanical domain. Virtually every plant eaten by a person or animal relies on flowers for reproduction. Flowers have a place in medicine's fight against childhood leukemia. A company in New Jersey de contaminated a uranium factory by using sunflowers to absorb radioactive material. Nature writer Russell delineates such myriad attributes of flowers in lyrical prose about blooms' fascinating ways of communicating, adapting to their environment, and evolving. Originally published in hardcover in 2001. Perseus Bks, 2002, 215 p., b&w illus., paperback, $13.00.
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Date:Apr 20, 2002
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