Palm by Fred Gray

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  • Title: Palm
  • Author: Fred Gray
  • Category: Nature
  • Date: June 2018
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9781780239170

 

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The extraordinary palm: numerous and prolific, symbolic and infrequently sacred, important and unique (and at times erotic), exploited and controversial. The signature greenery of the tropics and subtropics, these record-breaking crops produce the world’s largest and heaviest seed, the longest leaf, and the longest stem. In the beautifully illustrated, equally extraordinary Palm , Fred Gray portrays the immense cultural and historic significance of those iconic and controversial crops, unfurling a story as lengthy and beguiling as their bladed fronds. As Gray reveals, palms sustained rainforest communities for 1000’s of years, contributing to the event of historical civilizations throughout the globe. But as palms gained mystical and non secular significance, additionally they grew to become a plant of abstractions and fantasies, a contradictory image of leisure and luxurious, of escaping civilization and getting nearer to nature—and at times to hazard and devastation. In the period of business and empire, the palm and its myriad meanings had been exported to far colder climes. Palms had been proven off as distinctive performers in iconic greenhouses and used to dress, romanticize, and glamorize an astonishing range of recent locations removed from their pure homelands. And as we speak, as thousands and thousands of individuals worldwide devour palm oil each day, the plant stays embedded in shopper society—and mired in environmental controversy

 

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