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Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners: A Handbook on the Origin and Meaning of the Botanical Names of Some Cultivated Plants Paperback – 11 Apr 1996

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HASH(0x9b780564) out of 5 stars Mature plant name dictionary 29 July 2000
By P. van Rijckevorsel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the work of the author of "Botanical Latin", the indispensable reference for those delving deeply into plant taxonomy. He is thus quite qualified to do what he did here: extensively revise "A Gardener's Handbook of Plant Names" by A.W.Smith (1963, still available as a Dover reprint of 1997). Facts were checked, errors eliminated, additions made. The typography was modernised. The help in pronunciation limited to stressing syllables.
This book presents a wealth of information on plant names: it lists 6000 botanical names and 3000 vernacular names, in addition to quite a bit of background information. It is limited to plant names of importance to gardeners, but this is not so limiting as might be, since by this is meant "gardeners worldwide", including those on the Southern Hemisphere. Although I wish it were slightly longer, this book surely gives value for money.
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HASH(0x9ba6b870) out of 5 stars Great Reference Book 8 May 2008
By Janice R. Wilson - Published on
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excellent reference book - easily read and understood, even for the not-so-technical person - often has a brief paragraph giving the history or a definition of the botanical name
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bda8840) out of 5 stars Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names 18 Feb. 2010
By Plant Lover - Published on
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If you are serious about learning the Latin names of plants and their meanings, this little book is invaluable.
HASH(0x9ca77c3c) out of 5 stars Dictionary of Plant Names 10 July 2009
By W. Tappan Lum - Published on
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An execllent book for the serious gardener who wants to know more about the various plants.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7910f0) out of 5 stars unfortunate 1 Mar. 2012
By Sara Ayala - Published on
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The used book was sold for much more than the original cost, though the seller claimed it was more. The book does not go into detail about each plant. More of a list rather than a detailed story of the origin and development of each plants name. A great disappointment but I could not returned it because I was no longer in USA. Onme star for having been shipped on time.
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