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  Nature's Palette
From: Theodore Held <oppenhauser2001 at gmail.com> on 2016.07.27 at 16:59:59(23671)

The following is my comment on reading Nature’s Palette, 2007, University of Chicago Press (cover price
$US 35.00, hardback, Amazon price as of 7-27-16 $US 17.97 in paperback) by David
Lee, professor, Florida International University, and Director, Kampong of the
National Tropical Botanical Garden, Miami

This was the book mentioned here in a posting by Corey W. on 6-22. I acquired a copy and have been perusing
it for a couple of weeks. As Corey said, it does not discuss bullation or
specifically any of the other questions we popped at that time. But it contains
a large number of excellent pictures and is chock-full of interesting bits
about plants and botanical science generally. It is possible that Dr. Lee is
actually a member of this list, although I don’t recall seeing his name before.

This is a science book, but contains enough first-person
anecdotes to make it rather like reading a letter. The pictures, as I
mentioned, are abundant. There are lots of aroids. Many of them are taken in
and around Dr. Lee’s home in Miami. So it might connect to those of our members
who inhabit South Florida.

Most of the book has to do with understanding how different
plants manifest colors. In leaves. In stems. In fruits. In roots. But my chief
interest was in trying to answer a couple of my questions, so I concentrated on
green, especially in leaves, and how chlorophyll is distributed. As one might
expect, green is a dominant color theme.

I did run across two particular items. Both relate somewhat
to my interests. The first is a diagram (page 98, see attachment, included here
without permission) of a leaf cross section. It dates from 1918. Reading Dr.
Lee suggests to me that not much has really been added to scientific knowledge
since then.



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