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The Names of Plants

By: David Gledhill

426 pages, line drawings

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2008 | Edition: 4 | #161487 | ISBN-13: 9780521685535
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Hardback | Mar 2008 | Edition: 4 | #161486 | ISBN-13: 9780521866453
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&i;The Names of Plants&o; is an invaluable reference for botanists and horticulturalists. The first section gives an historical account of the significant changes in the ways that plants have been known and named. It documents the problems associated with an ever-increasing number of common names of plants, and the resolution of these problems through the introduction of International Codes for both botanical and horticultural nomenclature. It also outlines the rules to be followed when plant breeders name a new species or cultivar.

The second section comprises a glossary of generic and specific plant names, and components of these, from which the reader may interpret the existing names of plants and construct new names. With explanations of the International Codes for both Botanical Nomenclature (2000) and Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (1995), this new edition contains a greatly expanded glossary, which includes the Greek, Latin, or other source of each plant name.

'This small book holds an incredible amount of information ... a handy reference for anyone learning about plants ... Understanding the history behind the rules of nomenclature should help the professional, student, and gardener alike to comprehend why plants are named the way they are.' Horticultural Science

'... I judge a book, mostly, by how much I learn from it. And I learned a lot from this one.' Systematic Botany 'A remarkably useful and interesting little book ... should be on the bookshelf of every biologist.' Biological Conservation

'The entire book is written in such a way that a person with limited botanical background can understand it, yet it does not come across as trivial or boring to the professional ... The book is excellent.' William J. Crins, The Canadian Field-Naturalist

'... thoroughly recommended as a scholarly and carefully produced guide to plant names and meanings.' Countryside


Preface; The nature of the problem; The size of the problem; Towards a solution to the problem; The rules of botanical nomenclature - Family names; Generic names; Species names; Epithets commemorating people; Geographical epithets; Categories below the rank of species; Hybrids; Synonymy and illegitimacy; The international code of nomenclature for cultivated plants; Graft chimaeras; The glossary; Bibliography.

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