Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers.

Rob Kesseler & Madeline Harley

Foreword by Sir Peter Crane

The extraordinary beauty and structure of pollen grains invisible to the naked eye.

200 x 220 mm

264 pages


ISBN: 978-1-906506-51-3


IPPY Gold Medal 2006 – Outstanding Book of the Year: Most Original Design

Subjects: Nature, Photography

First published ten years ago, this ground-breaking book is now in its fourth edition. It is the result of the shared fascination of an artist and a scientist with the perfect design of pollen grains, organisms so small that they cannot be seen without a microscope. The grains are enclosed beyond the accessible beauty of the flower until the moment of release, when they are carried by wind, water or animal vectors to achieve their purpose, which is procreation. Starting with a clear explanation of the structure and form of pollen, the authors go on to examine the remarkable events from pollination to fertilization, and the many ways in which pollen impacts unseen on our lives. All of this is interwoven with a dazzling array of original images by the authors, created especially for the book. In this new edition many more original illustrations have been added and the text has been fully updated. Pollen is a unique interpretation of a magical world that no other book on the subject has ever been able to achieve. Published in collaboration with Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

Rob Kesseler & Madeline Harley

Country Life “A visual feast!” 

Discover “These mere specks are gargantuan on the ultra-vivid pages of [this book]”

“Brilliantly conveys the beauty and amazing diversity of these commonplace yet unseen substances”


“Beautiful pollen grains, revealed in startling close-up”
Daily Mail

“The sex life of plants is taken far from the dry textbook and into a lush world of colour and improbably complex shapes”
BBC Wildlife Magazine

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