American Wildflower Florilegium by Jean Andrews

By Jean Andrews

Jean Andrews is a real Renaissance girl: writer, lecturer, artist, naturalist and gourmand prepare dinner. She has accrued fifty-two strikingly attractive American wildflowers which she has paired with a treatise giving the typical identify, the clinical identify, relatives, foundation, variety, description, bloom interval, pollinators, habitat necessities, propagation, comments & etymology, and references.

“My plant work are composites via time which current the generalized development development of the plant, not just with the buds, the mature flower in quite a few aspects-front, facet, back-on to the seed pods but in addition the roots. it is a view of a plant most unlikely to trap with the camera.”

She provides a real wildflower florilegium—a amassing of plants, a treatise on flowers—for our amusement. Illustrated and written with the cooperation of the nationwide Wildflower study middle and the dept of Botany on the college of Texas at Austin, the Florilegium additionally has observations by way of E. Arthur Bell, fast previous Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, England and Ghillean T. Prance, present Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

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As a salute to those contributions I have invited past and present directors of the Kew Gardens to help me explain what I've attempted to do. For five years my car was never without the where-with-all to collect a plant. I'd be sailing down a Texas highway when I'd spot a big clump of some elusive wildflower, slam on the brakes, pull off the road, and jump out to record it on film before collecting it for the drawing table. Let me caution! Before lying on your stomach to get that perfect angle, look at the ground very carefully.

Kains, M. G. 1937 Chicory. In The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture. Edited by L. H. Bailey. 747. New York: Macmillan Co. Linnaeus, C. 1753 Species Plantarum 813. Page 39 Page 40 Texas Thistle Scientific Name Cirsium texanum Buckley 1862 Family ASTERACEAE ( = COMPOSITAE) Life History Biennial or weak perennial herb. Origin North America. Range From Oklahoma to Texas and Mexico. Description PLANT: Upright, prickly plant, 2'5' tall. Leaves pinnately divided, and covered with dense, woolly hairs on the underside.

This now seems like an offhand way to put a book together, but it was often impossible Page 14 to find a particular plant, hence the name florilegium (flo-rili-dzium), a gathering of flowers. Many of them may be old favorites of yours as they were mine. It is appropriate that I am writing the preface to these plates of American wildflowers as I spend a glorious June in bloom-filled Great Britain. The British contributions to botany and botanical art have been many and great. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have set the pattern and standards for botanical exploration, study, preservation, art, and display for the rest of the world.

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