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The Vegetable Kingdom: Or, the Structure, Classification, and Uses of Plants Illustrated Upon the Natural System

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture

By: John Lindley (Author)

986 pages, 527 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2015 | Edition: 3 | #223936 | ISBN-13: 9781108077224
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About this book

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

Employed early in his career by Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist John Lindley (1799-1865) is best known for his recommendation that Kew Gardens should become a national botanical institution, and for saving the Royal Horticultural Society from financial disaster. As an author, he is best remembered for his various works on taxonomy and classification. The Vegetable Kingdom, one of his most famous, was first published in 1846; reissued here is the revised third edition of 1847. Lindley describes his motive as being 'to make his countrymen acquainted with the progress of Systematic Botany abroad' given that the 'superficial and useless system of Linnaeus' was now consigned to history. The work, nonetheless an important milestone in the development of plant taxonomy, gives an overview of the various classification systems used since that of John Ray, and goes on to define the vegetable kingdom in terms of classes and 'alliances' of plants.


- Preface
- Introduction
- Classificatory system
- Thallogens
- Acrogens
- Rhizogens
- Endogens
- Dictyogens
- Gymnogens
- Exogens
- Genera insufficiently known
- Errata and original gender
- Estimated number of genera and species
- Artificial analysis of the orders
- Index of scientific and vernacular names
- Index of genera, orders, classes, etc
- Abbreviations

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