The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants

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Botanical names can be baffling to even the most experienced gardener. But a plant's botanical name is more than just a handy label—it can tell a plant's country of origin, the shape of its leaves, the color of its petals, and much more.

The A to Z of Plant Names clears the confusion and allows every gardener to name plants with confidence. This comprehensive yet handy guide features the botanic names of the plants that gardeners really grow. Additional information includes ...

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Overview

Botanical names can be baffling to even the most experienced gardener. But a plant's botanical name is more than just a handy label—it can tell a plant's country of origin, the shape of its leaves, the color of its petals, and much more.

The A to Z of Plant Names clears the confusion and allows every gardener to name plants with confidence. This comprehensive yet handy guide features the botanic names of the plants that gardeners really grow. Additional information includes suggested pronunciation, the common name, the derivation of the scientific name, the number of species currently accepted, the type of plant and the distribution.

The A to Z of Plant Names helps demystify names, provides readers with the intriguing background information to naming conventions, and empowers gardeners everywhere to feel confident about naming plants.

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"Pronunciations, common names, and classifications are included, making this a quick and simple ready reference guide."
Garden Rant
"Exactly the sort of botanical geekery I love."
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"Exactly the sort of botanical geekery I love."
Library Journal
Covering more than 4,000 of the most commonly grown garden plants in Europe and North America, botanist Coombes tells us where plants come from, who discovered them, and how they got their names. He explains for example that Zinnia (“zin-ee-uh”) L (Asteraceae) is named for 18th-century German botanist Johann Zinn, and its 17 species of annuals and perennials range from the United States to South America.

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Library Journal
Coombes (coordinator, scientific collections, Univ. Botanic Garden, Puebla, Mexico; The Book of Leaves) arranges this concise dictionary of plant names alphabetically by genus and then by species, with common and Latin names interfiled. In the introduction, he explains the arrangement of the entries and the how and why of the names. For plant lovers and gardeners, this introduction makes for enjoyable and informative reading. The brief, unillustrated entries use many abbreviations, which are explained in a one-page list (e.g., "spp." means species (plural), "ca." means approximately, "med." means medicinal). Pronunciation guidance is included in each entry—for example, readers who look up "Smoke Tree" are directed to "cotinus coggygria," where they are instructed that the plant's Latin name is pronounced either "kot-i-nos" or "kot-ee-noos" and is derived from the Greek name for the wild olive. The selected bibliography lists the books and websites consulted—plant and Latin dictionaries, a Greek-English lexicon, etc. VERDICT Recommended as a general purchase that will be useful as a quick reference tool and engaging reading for plant enthusiasts.—Frances Eaton Millhouser, formerly with Chantilly Regional Lib., Falls Church, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604691962
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 983,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Allen Coombes is an experienced and highly qualified botanist who worked for the Hillier Gardens in Hampshire, England, and is now coordinator of scientific collections at the University Botanic Garden in Puebla, Mexico. He has written widely on trees and shrubs, was a member of the Horticultural Taxonomy Group for many years, and wrote his first book on plant names in 1985.
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