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Mabberley's Plant-Book: A Portable Dictionary of Plants, their Classification and Uses

By: DJ Mabberley

1019 pages, 1 fig

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | May 2008 | Edition: 3 | #170318 | ISBN-13: 9780521820714
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About this book

Mabberley's Plant-Book is internationally accepted as an essential reference text for anyone studying, growing or writing about plants. In over 20,000 entries this comprehensive dictionary provides information on every family and genus of seed-bearing plant (including gymnosperms) plus ferns and clubmosses, combining taxonomic details and uses with English and other vernacular names.

In this new edition each entry has been updated to take into consideration the most recent literature, notably the great advances from molecular analyses, and over 1650 additional new entries (including ecologically and economically important genera of mosses) have been added, ensuring that Mabberley's Plant-Book continues to rank among the most practical and authoritative botanical texts available.

Praise for previous editions:
`I can scarcely improve on the hosannas sung in my review of the first edition....[it] is the single most used botany book I have, one that gets almost daily consultation', Rudolf Schmid, Taxon.

`....a fact book for which I shall almost eternally be grateful. Botanists and serious gardners everywhere should go down on their knees in gratitude for Cambridge University Press and for the travail of Dr D.J. Mabberley who has laboured to produce The Plant Book. I can only join fellow botanists and horticulturists in saying `Thank You'. Stefan Buczacki,The Guardian

The Plant-book is now widely established as a classic botanical work and an essential reference for any person, professional or amateur ! recommended as an essential and modern reference for anyone interested in botany. - New Zealand Journal of Botany.

"No one working seriously with living vascular plants should be without a copy." - Choice.

"This is first and foremost a reference for taxonomists and is a most handy and useful book for horticulturists wishing a comprehensive single volume for taxonomic inquiry. The book contains an incredible amount of information and is a credit to the perseverance and work of Dr. Mabberly." - Allan M. Armitage, HortScience.

"D.J. Mabberley and his wondrous Plant-Book...being all encompassing and indispensable, the botanical equivalent of Johnson's Dictionary" - Tim Flannery, The New York Review.


Introduction; How to use this book; The dictionary; Appendix; Acknowledgement of sources; Abbreviations and symbols (used in this book).

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David Mabberley is Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Orin and Althea Soest Chair of Horticultural Science, and Professor of Economic Botany, College of Forest Resources, and Adjunct Professor (2006), College of Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

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