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The Cabaret of Plants : Botany and the Imagination

In The Cabaret of Plants Mabey explores the plant species which have challenged our imaginations awoken our wonder and upturned our ideas about history science beauty and belief Picked from every walk of life they encompass crops weeds medicines religious gathering-places and a water lily named after a queen Beginning with pagan cults and creation myths the cultural significance of plants has burst upwards sprouting into forms as diverse as the panacea (the cure-all plant ginseng a single root of which can cost up to 10000) Newton's apple the African 'vegetable elephant' or boabab - and the mystical night-flowering Amazonian cactus the moonflower Ranging widely across science art and cultural history poetry and personal experience Mabey puts plants centre stage and reveals a true botanical cabaret a world of tricksters shape-shifters and inspired problem-solvers as well as an enthralled audience of romantics eccentric amateur scientists and transgressive artists The Cabaret of Plants celebrates the idea that plants are not simply 'the furniture of the planet' but vital inventive individual beings worthy of respect - and that to understand this may be the best way of preserving life together on Earth

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