WHERE TO READ FURTHER ABOUT PLANT LIFE

AN attempt has been made in this survey to indicate some of the many points of interest in the structure and general working of the plants. The list of books which follows will furnish material for further reading; it covers only a corner of the vast field which lies open. To anyone who wishes to study plants, one last word is offered—do not confine your study to reading, but go to the plants themselves.

A few books, all readily accessible, may be recommended to the reader who desires to pursue his botanical studies further. Much information may be gathered from Life of Plants by Sir Frederick Keeble (Clarendon Press), An Introduction to the Study of Plants by Professor F. E. Fritsch and Professor E. J. Salisbury (G. Bell & Sons), from The Study of Plants by Dr. T. W. Woodhead (Clarendon Press), and from The Botany of the Living Plant by Professor F. O. Bower (Macmillan). These books assume very little botanical knowledge on the part of the reader, and lead him by pleasant paths to a sound introductory knowledge of the subject.

Details of the structure of plants may be sought in Structural Botany by the late Dr. D. H. Scott (A. & C. Black, 2 vols.), in An Introduction to the Structure and Reproduction of Plants by Professors Fritsch and Salisbury (G. Bell & Sons), and in Strasburger’s Text-book of Botany, translated by Professor W. H. Lang (Macmillan). This post also contains many physiological details, and a simpler presentation of plant physiology will be found in An Introduction to Plant Physiology by Dr. W. O. James (Clarendon Press).

The interesting problem of the movement of water in plants is thoroughly treated by Professor H. H. Dixon in his Transpiration and the Ascent of Sap in Plants (Macmillan). Finally, and of very great interest. The Biology of the Flowering Plants by Dr. Macgregor Skene (Sidgwick & Jackson), and Kerner and Oliver’s monumental Natural History of Plants (Blackie & Son) will yield a wonderful store of facts on the general lives of the plants and the relations between the plants and their surroundings.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.