The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Identification Terms

The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Identification Terms

by Henk Beentje

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This accessible, comprehensive glossary covers all the descriptive terms for plants that one is likely to encounter in botanical writing, including everything from magazine articles to plant field guides, scientific papers, and monographs. An essential companion, it presents 3,600 botanical terms, accompanied by full definitions and detailed illustrations to aid in identification, all laid out in a clear, easy-to-use fashion. It will be indispensable for plant scientists, conservationists, horticulturists, gardeners, writers, and anyone working with plant descriptions, plant identification keys, floras, or field guides.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842464229
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Publication date: 07/15/2010
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Henk J. Beentje is a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with considerable field experience in Africa and Madagascar.

Table of Contents

Bibliography and websites used

Botanical terms (incorporating 735 illustrations)
Grouped terms
    Three-dimensional shapes
    Two-dimensional shapes
    Division and branching
    Arrangement and direction
    Stems and roots
    Fruits and seeds
    Specialised terms for selected groups
    The Raunkiaer system
    Tree bark types
Colour terms

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The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Identification Terms 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
circeus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Possibly one of the most useful glossaries I have seen in a long time, with good, clear and greatly useful definitions, drawing a distinction between rare or outdated terms and those in actual use, as well as specifying which group they are used for (something that cannot be said of Stearn's Botanical Latin or Harris & Harris' Plant Identification Terminology). It would still gain from a better "perspective" approach to various aspects of terminological confusion regarding, for example, the terminology applied to leaf apices.