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Kress, W. John
The art of plant evolution / W. John Kress and Shirley Sherwood.
Richmond : Kew Pub., 2009.
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320 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
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QK98.3 .K74 2009 (LC) Oversize
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Book published on the occasion of exhibition at Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 2009.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 314-315) and index.
Art meets the science of plant evolution. Botanical illustration has developed to bring these two disciplines together. This book brings 136 paintings from the Shirley Sherwood collection by 84 leading artists.--[book cover]
"Art meets science in this book that aims to give readers a sense of some contemporary scientific discoveries that are changing our understanding of plant relationships. 136 botanical paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection, by 84 artists, cover 50 orders of plants in 118 families, and a total of 133 species, providing a sweeping overview of the evolution of plants on earth. The paintings display a sampling of the plant world from fungi to daisies, including algae, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants arranged in the most up to date evolutionary sequence, determined by recent DNA analysis. The text places each artist's observations as displayed in the paintings, in the context of modern plant classification, providing readers with a new understanding of the complex interrelationships between plant species, and enhancing their appreciation of the botanical artist's ability to portray the delicate beauty of nature." --NHBS Environment Bookstore.
Subject Terms:
Botanical artists -- Biography.
Botanical illustration -- Exhibitions.
Plants -- Evolution -- Exhibitions.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art -- Exhibitions.
Sherwood, Shirley.

  • Art meets science
  • Natural selection and the origins of species
  • Plant evolutionary relationships and a natural classification
  • How do we know about plant evolutionary relationships? Evidence from fossils; Evidence from DNA sequence data
  • Co-evolution between plants and animals
  • The current classification of major groups of plants
  • The paintings. Taxonomic arrangement of the paintings
  • Fungi and plants without seeds
  • Gymnosperms
  • Basal angiosperms
  • Early diverging eudicots
  • Core eudicots.