From the front and back flaps: “Kjell Sandved, the famous photographer of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., took more than five thousand color transparencies of leaves in his travels around the world. Three hundred in full color make up this lavish, breathtaking book. Dr. Ghillean Prance, Senior Vice-President for Science, of the New York Botanical Garden wrote the text to accompany the photographs. His authentic and highly readable prose now heralds this volume as the definitive work on the subject of leaves for years to come.
Included among the many leaf subjects that the authors cover are basic structure and shapes; veins; margins; variegated, floated, and succulent leaves; poisonous and prickly leaves that defend their plants; carnivorous plants; leaves as homes; leaf hairs; leaves of burden; modified leaves; leaves in mass; and leaves that move. Other subjects include patterns of leaf damage done by insects, useful leaves, fossil leaves, insect mimicry of leaves, and, finally, leaf collecting and the herbarium. An appendix explains the method of clearing and staining leaves and the making of leaf prints.
Some of the places in which Kjell Sandved photographed these leaves, in addition to the United States and many other regions, are England, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, Germany, Polynesia, Fiji, Java, Sabah, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia, East African countries, Australia, New Guinea, the West Indies, Costa Rica, Ecuador, New Britain Islands, and South Africa.
Every nature lover, student of botany, and photography buff will want to own and cherish this sumptuous volume as a distinguished addition to their nature library.”