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Flower Hunters, By Mary Gribbin & John Gribbin
Friday 01 May 2009
The assiduous Gribbins have uncovered much splendid detail in this bouquet of 11 floral explorers. Carl Linnaeus was an obsessive organiser who invented plant classification, though this precision did not prevent him from attempting to fiddle his travelling expenses. .
Joseph Banks, who sailed with Cook and took "advantage of the relaxed attitude of the Tahitians to sexual activity", introduced 7,000 species to Britain.
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