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Ladies' Botany (2-Volume Set): Or, a Familiar Introduction to the Study of the Natural System of Botany

Series: Ladies' Botany

By: John Lindley (Author)

716 pages, 50 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2015 | #220790 | ISBN-13: 9781108076586
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

The horticulturalist John Lindley (1799–1865) worked for Sir Joseph Banks, and was later instrumental in saving the Royal Horticultural Society from financial disaster. He was a prolific author of works for gardening practitioners but also for a non-specialist readership, and many of his books have been reissued in this series. The first volume of this two-volume work was published in 1834, and the second in 1837. At a time when botany was regarded as the only science suitable for study by women and girls, Lindley felt that there was a lack of books for 'those who would become acquainted with Botany as an amusement and a relaxation', and attempted to meet this need. The first volume, in the form of engaging letters to a lady, was originally intended to stand alone. Illustrated with detailed botanical drawings, it schools the student in botanical form and taxonomy as well as nomenclature. In the second volume of 'this little work', Lindley continues to introduce new 'tribes' of plants, including exotica such as mangoes and Venus fly traps, to his lady correspondent and her children.


Volume 1
1. Introductory remarks
2. The umbelliferous tribe
3. The evening primrose tribe
4. The cruciferous tribe
5. The passion-flower tribe
6. The mallow tribe
7. The chickweed tribe
8. The rose tribe
9. The protea tribe
10. The marvel of Peru tribe
11. The nettle tribe
12. The heath tribe
13. The gentian tribe
14. The hare-bell tribe
15. The borage tribe
16. The mint tribe
17. Compound flowers
18. Distinctions of exogenous or dicotyledonous, and of endogenous or monocotyledonous plants
19. The orchis tribe
20. The lily tribe
21. The bullrush tribe
22. Glumaceous plants
23. Cellular, flowerless, or cryptogamic plants
24. The moss tribe
25. The lichen tribe

Volume 2
26. Preliminary
27. Pistuil
28. The pittosporum tribe
29. The mignonette tribe
30. The cactus tribe
31. The begonia tribe
32. The lythrum tribe
33. The tamarisk tribe
34. Venus' fly-trap
35. The horse-chesnut tribe
36. The houseleek tribe
37. The buck-thorn tribe
38. The flax tribe
39. The buckwheat tribe
40. The mezereum tribe
41. The primrose tribe
42. The Greek valerian tribe
43. The madder tribe
44. The jasmine tribe
45. The birthwort tribe
46. Pitcher-plants
47. The water plantain tribe
48. The ripe fruit of a mango
49. A systematic arrangement of plants
50. The natural order to which a given plant belongs

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