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CONTENTS 6 PREFACE • 8 GLOSSARY

PART 1: THE PRACTICALITIES OF MODERN-DAY PLANT HUNTING 10 1. Why go plant hunting? 30 2. Where to go plant hunting 48 3. The logistics of plant hunting

PART 2: THE PLANT HUNTERS COLLECTORS OF ORNAMENTAL PLANTS 64 4. A rhododendron dynasty: the Coxes of Glendoick 75 5. The elder statesmen of plant hunting: Roy Lancaster and Mikinori Ogisu 92 6. The rebel plant hunter: Michael Wickenden 107 7. Worthy successors to the great plant hunters: Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones and

Dan Hinkley 123 8. The botanical tourists: the hunt for the red lily and the Himalayan blue poppy

COLLECTORS FROM SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS 131 9. The oldest collector for Kew; Mary Richards 141 10. A taxonomist in the rainforest: Sir Ghillean Prance 150 11. The ‘big hitters’ of plant collecting 158 12. The accidental botanist: Sandy Knapp 167 13. Collecting seeds for the Millennium Seed Bank 180 14. The search for crop wild relatives 191 15. Life on a knife-edge: saving critically endangered plants 199 16. The botanic garden that punches above its weight: the RBGE

THE ORCHID HUNTERS 212 17. The crazy world of orchid hunting 220 18. The amateur who became an expert: Lance Birk 231 19. The scientific orchid hunters: Phillip Cribb and Ed de Vogel

THE HUNT FOR MEDICINAL PLANTS 243 20. The rainforest and its elusive miracles 258 21. Creating standards for Traditional Chinese Medicine: Christine Leon 264 EPILOGUE • 266 BIBLIOGRAPHY • 267 INDEX • 272 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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