Francis Halle is a botanist and biologist who specializes in tropical rainforests and tree architecture. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Montpellier.
beautifully designed -Literary Review
The author deserves that his words and drawings gain a large audience. -Mark Avery's Blog
Halle presents his compelling descriptions and memories of some of the more remarkable ones, accompanied by his lovely sketches - far more effective than photographs, he believes, in capturing the reflection and "dialogue" necessary when "one stands face to face with an alien." -Times Higher Education
Halle sets playful stylized drawings explicating the strange behaviours, adaptations and coevolution of each species. It's a vegetal parade that reminds us, yet again, how some chunks of Earth's biosphere still smack of terra incognita. -Nature
Its illustrations, drawn by the author, are as fascinating as the text....Halle's passion for tropical botany is evident. He is fascinated not just by the trees, but by all the life connected to them....Reminded me once again of how important art is to botanical science. -Herbarium World
Lovely illustrated review of Atlas of Poetic Botany from BelleWood Gardens: "An affectionate look at the options and possibilities plants have developed to adapt and thrive in their jungle world. A fascinating look at the weird and wonderful variations in the plants of the equatorial tropical rain forests. -BelleWood Gardens News
His delightful descriptions of the plants - which are written in an entertaining style based on his observations rather than in academic botanical terms - make the book a page-turner. -Mother Nature Network