Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Plant Invader 600!

Plant Invader 600!
Originally uploaded by urtica
It's the Plant Invader 600! It slices, it dices, it identifies your invasive plant...if you live in Japan anyway.

When photographer Koichi Watanabe visited me last weekend for a tour of local Japanese knotweed sites, he brought along this book to show me an example of a Japanese guide to the weeds in their country. Now I want a copy...badly...even though I do not read Japanese.

Plant Invader 600 is everything you wish your local plant field guide could be: portable, flexible, sturdy, and full of over 1500 excellent glossy photos for 600 different species, including 300 images of seeds. The scientific names are in English, and there is a lot of Katakana in there as well, so I will be able to translate some of it on my own.

Luckily, I've managed to find it over at Shipping is going to be almost half the cost but it will totally be worth it, just to see all the American plants in there :-).
Update 7/16/07: I already received my copy, and it is truly awesome! Two thumbs up to DHL and to Amazon Japan, who has our American butts kicked in the minimalist packaging department (one extremely sturdy brown envelope, no box, no tape, and none of those stupid plastic air pillows).


Patrick Belardo said...

It's funny how I always give so much thought to other countries' plants on our soil, but I forgot about the reverse.

fuzzyturtle said...

you're not alone. I know people who buy knitting books from Japan just to drool at the photos..