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Old 04-16-2017, 07:57 PM
 
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An example of the type of plant mystery's is the 'venus fly trap. That plant actually traps fly for its food in such an incredible way that makes it so interesting to say the least. I would like to read on other plants that have those kind of mysteries behind them. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:13 PM
 
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There is an article in this month's "Discover" magazine that might be of interest.

A lot of experimentation has been done on plants, some of it with strange* results, but I don't recall any book compiling such work.

*strange - the effects of music, electrical waveform responses to stress, such as cutting, growth differences in pyramids, psi effects, etc.. Wilhelm Reich History of Orgonomy & Wilhelm Reich's Discoveries; Debunking Myths About Wilhelm Reich did some experimentation. Wade in at your own risk, but there are nuggets of ideas worth the effort. Be sure to balance that with some basic biology and plant science.
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Old 04-17-2017, 04:34 PM
 
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An example of the type of plant mystery's is the 'venus fly trap. That plant actually traps fly for its food in such an incredible way that makes it so interesting to say the least. I would like to read on other plants that have those kind of mysteries behind them. Any suggestions?
I don't think there is anything at all mysterious about carnivorous plants, but they are darn cool. There are any number of books about them. Here's what amazon has - https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...d=NNIKKH6OEHG6

Two other groups of plants that have some interesting lifestyles are bromeliads, especially air plants like Spanish moss, and orchids, some of which are very good at sexually seducing insects. Any number of books about those, ask at your local iibrary.

My favorite botany book is still my college text, "The Biology of Plants" by Peter Raven and others. You should be able to find a copy in your library. I think it's on about the 8th edition, but earlier editions will still serve you very well.

If it's woo-woo you want, try reading about Kirlian photography. Other woo classics are "Plants are like People" and "Plants are still like People" by Jerry Baker and "The Findhorn Garden".

And for a sheer flight of fancy, the uncontested champion is "Parallel Botany" https://www.amazon.com/Parallel-Bota.../dp/0394733029

I think even ordinary plants are pretty wondrous, and I never get tired of learning about them.

Edited to add - or just go to you tube and search on the word "botany". Wander around til your heart's content.

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Old 05-02-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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https://books.google.com/books?id=IS...page&q&f=false

this one by the same author is good too:
https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Plants...V0V479HZF2N3KJ
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:53 PM
 
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The Hidden Life of Trees:
https://smile.amazon.com/Hidden-Life...keywords=trees

The Savage Garden:
https://smile.amazon.com/Savage-Gard...+savage+garden

And an oldie but a goodie: The Private Life of Plants:
https://smile.amazon.com/Private-Lif...d+attenborough

(There's a DVD, too, but it's only available as a region 2 DVD, so you'd need a region-free DVD player to play it: https://smile.amazon.com/Private-Lif...d+attenborough)
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