The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Terms - Second Edition

The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Terms - Second Edition

The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Terms - Second Edition

The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Terms - Second Edition

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If asked to describe a plant, many of us would have to resort to basic descriptors such as vague shapes or simple colors. But for those who work and write in the plant world, there are thousands of terms available for crafting the perfect characterization. A pear’s shape can be called pyriform, while lemon’s form is prolate. A petal might range from caesious (pale blue-grey or -green) to ceraceous (pale cream) to cinerous (ash grey). And the autumnal spread of fallen leaves is called, elegantly, leaf litter.

The Kew Plant Glossary is a comprehensive guide to the myriad of terms used in the identification and conservation of plants. This new edition adds more than four hundred new entries, including a vegetation-type section, bringing the total to 4,905 botanical terms and seven hundred illustrations. The terms are clearly explained, many with basic line drawings to further clarify a description. Henk Beentje consulted a host of botanical works as well as colleagues working in the field to create a glossary that is clear, easy to use, and free of confusion. He notes terms that are easily mixed up with others and points out phrases that are considered outside common usage.

This is an essential companion for anyone who finds themselves searching for the right word when writing about plants, who needs to clearly identify the pieces of their work, or who just wants to talk more authoritatively about the plants they love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842466049
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Henk Beentje is a botanist based in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His many books include Conservation Checklist of the Trees of Uganda, Field Guide to the Mangrove Trees of Africa and Madagascar, and Field Guide to the Palms of Madagascar. He served as the editor of the decade-spanning Flora of Tropical East Africa series, also from Kew.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Acknowledgements vii

Bibliography and websites used viii

Glossary 1

Symbols 1

Suffixes 1

Prefixes 2

Abbreviations 3

Botanical terms (incorporating 716 blocks with over 730 images) 5

Grouped terms

Three-dimensional shapes - plate 1 145

Two-dimensional shapes - plates 2-4 146

Division and branching - plates 5-6 149

Arrangement and direction - plates 7-9 151

Surfaces - plates 10-12 154

Roots - plate 13 157

Stems and roots - plate 14 158

Position, direction, buds and growth - plate 15 159

Stems: shoots, outgrowths - plate 16 160

Leaves - plates 17-18 161

Inflorescences - plates 19-21 163

Flowers - plates 22-24 166

Fruits and seeds - plates 25-27 169

Specialised terms for selected groups - plates 28-31 172

Basic cladistic/phylogenetic concepts - plate 32 175

The Raunklaer system - plate 33 176

Tree bark types - plate 34 177

Vegetation terms 178

Colour terms 180

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