The Names of Plants / Edition 4

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Overview

The Names of Plants is an invaluable reference for botanists and horticulturalists. The first section gives an historical account of the significant changes in the ways that plants have been known and named. It documents the problems associated with an ever-increasing number of common names of plants, and the resolution of these problems through the introduction of International Codes for both botanical and horticultural nomenclature. It also outlines the rules to be followed when plant breeders name a new species or cultivar. The second section comprises a glossary of generic and specific plant names, and components of these, from which the reader may interpret the existing names of plants and construct new names. With explanations of the International Codes for both Botanical Nomenclature (2000) and Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (1995), this 2008 edition contains a greatly expanded glossary, which includes the Greek, Latin, or other source of each plant name.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The glossary is recommended for horticultural and academic libraries as well as public libraries that serve large numbers of gardeners. The greatly expanded size makes this edition useful even for libraries that have previous editions."
American Reference Books Annual

"I am pleased to welcome this book into my library."
John L. Strother, Plant Science Bulletin

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The first part is an account of the way in which the naming of plants has changed with time and why the changes were necessary. The second is an alphabetical list from which the reader can interpret the scientific names of plants from any part of the world. The second edition includes numerous revisions, but the author has resisted the temptation to make a definitive guide to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature and has kept the text accessible to the amateur gardener and useful to the botanist. Paper edition, $14.95 (not seen). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521685535
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2007
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly of the Department of Botany, Bristol University and Curator of Bristol University Botanic Garden.

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Table of Contents

Preface; The nature of the problem; The size of the problem; Towards a solution to the problem; The rules of botanical nomenclature - Family names; Generic names; Species names; Epithets commemorating people; Geographical epithets; Categories below the rank of species; Hybrids; Synonymy and illegitimacy; The international code of nomenclature for cultivated plants; Graft chimaeras; The glossary; Bibliography.

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