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The Plant-Book: A Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants Hardcover – 19 Jun 1997

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  • Hardcover: 874 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (19 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521414210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521414210
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,107,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… a fact book for which I shall almost eternally be grateful. Botanists and serious gardeners everywhere should go down on their knees in gratitude for Cambridge University Press and for the travail of Dr D. J. Mabberley who has laboured to produce The Plant Book. I can only join fellow botanists and horticulturalist in saying 'Thank You'.' Stefan Buczacki, The Guardian

'This new edition of The Plant Book is to be enthusiastically welcomed.' International Botanic Gardens Conservaton News

'… a modern classic … an up-to-date accurate and user-friendly dictionary of great value to both botanists and horticulturalists … amazingly good value for money.' Dick Seamons, Science and Technology

' … I confess to being a major fan of this book, now updated in the second edition with 2500 entries. In fact I can't imagine being able to function efficiently without it!' Quandong

'The author has clearly kept abreast of the most recent developments, not only in plant classification, discovery, and popular usage, but even with aspects of genetic engineering. This new edition gives the reader an additional 2500 entries and 150 more pages of very condensed but well-presented plant information - an invaluable resource.' Kew Bulletin

'^n my opinion, this book should find a respectable place in personal collection of fellow botanists and on the shelves of all libraries.' N. N. Bhandari, Phytomorphology

'The Plant-book is now widely established as a classic botanical work and an essential reference for any person, professional or amateur.' P. B. Heenan, New Zealand Journal of Botany

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Completely revised and rewritten, this new edition features over 2,500 new entries, ensuring that The Plant-Book continues to rank among the most practical and authoritative botanical texts available.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2007
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For anyone working with scientific names of plants, this is an essential tool. It gives you the scientific name for many a common name. At family level it gives you synonymy, technical details such as systematic position and main characters, it tells you numbers of genera and main uses. At genus level, it gives you synonymy, similar details for the more important genera, numbers of species, main uses (used as copper indicator in Russia; suitable for marmalade) or interesting little snippets (often found on greenhouse floors; hollow twigs inhabited by ants) plus comments on relationships, chromosome numbers etc. This is, as it states on the title page, 'a portable dictionary of the higher plants'. It is a goldmine.
My room is filled with books on plants; this is one of the books that has to be at hand at all times. In fact, I have two copies - one at home, one at work. A great little volume.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sep 2001
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An essential reference for anyone training in horticulture. Easy to work with, comprehensive index making information easy to locate within the book.
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A great deal of work has gone into this book and it is a valuable tool, especially for keen botanists
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A review is superfluous 9 July 2000
By P. van Rijckevorsel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book does not need a review. Anybody who is involved in plants, other than the garden kind, knows full well that this is an essential reference. Quite up to date too, which is pretty amazing in view of the pace that science sets. There is an enormous mass of data in here, printed on very thin paper, making for a very handy book that will fit a spot near where you need it, which is likely to be often.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My most used reference book 7 Nov 1999
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Format: Hardcover
As a graduate student in ecology I often encounter unfamiliar genera in the literature, and a quick peek in Mabberley gives me enough taxonomic grounding to keep plowing ahead. By constantly referring to this book, I have greatly improved my knowledge of plant relationships.
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Once more 5 stars 16 July 2010
By Troy Mullens - Published on
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A little bit too pricey for a casual purchase, therefore I would be surprised if it ever gets less than 5 stars. I have been using this book at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) for adding collections of specimens to the herbarium at BRIT. It is generally considered the standard work and definitive answer to current plant family names. It is also great for looking up abbreviations of botanists' names (you know, those little abbreviations at the end of the plant's scientific name).

It was time to get my own copy. Essential reference and "the word" for taxonomy.
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Just the Best! 30 July 2003
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I purchased this reference a few years ago. Once I received it and began using it, I wondered how I'd ever gotten along without it. The author's British and so the dictionary's common names are more often "British" than "American", but it is still the handiest plant dictionary I have. It is a little larger than pocket size, but it is still small enough to be held comfortably in one hand.
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Excellent Resource 22 Feb 2008
By John H. Bair - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Mabberly" is a definitive resource in any botanist's library. The treatment provides information about every seed bearing plant family and genus in the world. There is often additional information regarding special domestic culture, and/or special morphological or chemical traits within a genus. This is not a picture book- it is very dense with information and great buy. The book is hardbound in fascicles, which means the high quality binding will ensure it will last. It is such a significant resource in my personal and professional life that I bought one for my home and one for the office (Ok- I'm a plant nerd).
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