About Anna Laurent

Anna Laurent is a Los Angeles-based designer, writer, and documentary producer. Her current projects are a series of educational plant-oriented media to advance botanic literacy. She studied evolutionary theory at Harvard University and graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art. annalaurent.com

Botany Blueprint: The Sweetgum

Specimen #6: American sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua appy October, everyone. ‘Tis the season of shape shifting, technicolor costumes, sweet treats, and fearsome accessories. Thus it’s also the perfect time to consider a tree with an according autumn transformation: the American sweetgum …

Botany Blueprint: Wisteria

Specimen #5: Japanese Wisteria, Wisteria floribunda he wisteria evokes visions of heavy Southern summer afternoons and the crumbling countryside estates of Europe’s past. Winding carousels of leafy amethyst pendulums construct a soft, heavy canopy, one that almost seems to narrow …

Botany Blueprint: The Oleander

Specimen #4: Rose bay Oleander, Nerium oleander: Whether by narrow habitat or subtle lifestyle, some plants remain in the esoteric realm of taxonomists and biologists. Others become fodder for cultural narratives. Wrapped in story, they become embedded with our associations, …

Botany Blueprint: The Long-beaked Storksbill

Specimen #3: Long-beaked Storksbill, Erodium grunium ne afternoon while waiting at a busy intersection in Hollywood, I noticed a rambling population of low plants. They were growing in that unplanned chasm between pavement and curb, the interstitial terrain of accumulated …

Botany Blueprint: The Wild Cucumber

Specimen #2: Wild Cucumber, Marah macrocarpus esign-wise, I think we’d all conservatively agree that an object should never be regarded as both toy and weapon. But it might be time to reconsider that binary proposition. As evidence, I submit the …

Botany Blueprint: The Jacaranda

[Ed. note: Botany Blueprint will be a regular column about the form and function of seed cases, intended to advance botanic literacy and make plants relevant to a broad audience. The project will cover 100 specimens in total, and it …