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Horticulture - Plant Names Explained: Botanical Terms and Their Meaning [Paperback]

William Stern , Editors At Horticulture

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1 May 2005
Precise naming of plants is essential to be able to identify them accurately and most gardeners have at least some knowledge of botanical Latin. But a plant's full botanical name does much more than give it a unique label. The name can often tell you where the plant originated, who discovered it, what color it is, and much else besides. What's more, the name is recognizable, and can be used and understood anywhere in the world. So wherever you are you can identify specific plants.

Plant Names Explained is an essential and fascinating guide to the subject. What may seem at first a dry but necessary convention is revealed to be a way of opening up the intriguing world of plants and plantsmen. Based on William T Stearn's Botanical Latin, the classic work on the subject, Plant Names Explained is much more than an indispensable practical guide and superb reference book--it is an engrossing read. Published in partnership with Horticulture, America's most respected gardening magazine

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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful information, but horribly unorganized 24 Jun 2007
By Nefabit Miew - Published on
This book has tons of useful information, but the info is all jumbled about, making it hard to find the information you need. The index is hardly comprehensive, making it impossible to look up a botanical name to find out what it means. This book is valuable, but you will waste time trying to find what you need.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very useful 29 Mar 2009
By K. Hughes - Published on
I'm becoming a more serious gardener and latin names are increasingly important - especially for understanding relationships between plants. Being able to look up a definition of a latin/greek/etc word helps me remember the plant name, and often provides useful information about the plant. I've looked at several latin-for-gardeners books and this one is the most complete without being overwhelmingly academic. Besides the alphabetical listings in the main body of the text, it has nice tables with groups of related words (all the words for shades of yellow, or words that describe shapes, or plant habit). It also has lists of plants whose cultivar names might make them useful for special occasions or gifts - ie Rosa 'Happy Birthday' or Dianthus 'Alice'. The content is great. The layout is not intuitive and one needs to read the introduction to understand how to find the various tables scattered throughout the book.
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