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The Story of Ten Plants that Have Travelled the World
It’s hard not to be amazed at the astonishing diversity of the plant world. And every single plant has its own story. A passionate travelling botanist, Katia Astafieff has selected ten incredible stories of plants originating from around the world, such as tobacco, kiwi, tea and strawberries. Ten plants, ten explorers who had gone on adventures around the world in search of “green gold” — the Indiana Joneses of botany. She recounts the stories of individuals ranging from Robert Fortune — disguised as a Chinese man to steal the secrets of Chinese tea — to the eccentric Joseph Rock, who risked his life to bring a few seeds of a delicate and heretofore unknown peony to the West.