The Names of Plants / Edition 4

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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 by which 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 of plant.
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Editorial Reviews

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 (
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"...I judge a book, mostly, by how much I learn from it. And I learned a lot from this one." Systematic Botany

"The author has done an excellent job of creating a...very readable text...perfect for students...This small book holds an incredible amount of information...a handy reference for anyone learning about plants...Understanding the history behind the rules of nomenclature should help the professional, student, and gardener alike to comprehend why plants are named the way they are and why the names may change. I have already recommended the book to my classes in plant identification...It has been well received." Horticultural Science

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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 to the first edition
Preface to the third edition
The nature of the problem 1
The size of the problem 6
Towards a solution to the problem 15
The rules of botanical nomenclature 25
The International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants 46
Botanical terminology 54
The glossary 58
Addendum to glossary 312
Bibliography 323
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