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Gaze in wonder at the plant kingdom

Richard Mabey describes stealth vines, rare blooms and a giant waterlily fit for a queen.

Without getting sentimental, Mabey gets us to look at life from the plants' point of view. His science is sound, he's witty, and his language is engaging.

New York

IMAGINE a picture of a jungle. There are the familiar palms and vines, and down in a corner a monkey sitting on a branch. Ask a number of people, "What is this a picture of?" and it's a good bet that most will say it shows a monkey.

But someone like British naturalist...