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

  • A major revision of this essential reference, fully updated throughout and with 1400 new entries, it supersedes previous editions to provide a guide to vascular plants, their botany and relationships, their uses and their common names
  • Provides a balanced review and synthesis of the current literature, covering every family and genus of seed-bearing plant (including conifers), as well as ferns and clubmosses, and economically important mosses and algae
  • Serves as a key to the definitive taxonomic revisions, enabling readers to successfully access primary research resources

By: David J Mabberley(Author)

1102 pages, 2 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jun 2017 | Edition: 4 | #234687 | ISBN-13: 9781107115026
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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. With some 26,000 entries, this comprehensive dictionary provides information on every family and genus of seed-bearing plant (including conifers), plus ferns and clubmosses, besides economically important mosses and algae. Mabberley's Plant-Book combines taxonomic details and uses with English and other vernacular names found in commerce.

The third edition was recognised in the American Botanical Council's annual James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2008 and the International Association for Plant Taxonomy's Engler Medal in Silver for 2009. In this new edition, each entry has been updated to take into consideration the most recent literature, notably the greater understanding resulting from molecular analyses; over 1400 additional entries (including ecologically and economically important genera of seaweeds) have been included, 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."

"Send your congratulations to Mabberley by purchasing a copy. It may encourage him to produce a [new] edition."
– P. Mick Richardson, Plant Science Bulletin

"This book is an extremely valuable reference for researchers in plant biology, and perhaps even more for those in other fields involving plants. The compact format of the book adds to its value, making it a portable reference."
– Neal M. Williams, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"This is first and foremost a reference for taxonomists and is a most handy and useful book for horticulturists wishing for 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 Mabberley."
– Allan M. Armitage, HortScience

"The 858 thin (but strong) pages, the hard cover, and the small dimensions [...] make this book the true portable, practical and most updated reference manual on today's market, and I recommend it to any person interested in plants."

"David 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 of Books

"I am rarely without Mabberley's Plant-Book. Not only my desert-island book, it's one that would actually be useful on a desert island, even if the island had nothing more to offer than the cartoonist's obligatory coconut palm. Essential kit for botanists, gardeners and naturalists [...] Much more than a gazetteer of global flora, it includes the currently accepted botanical name of each genus, details of its distribution and ecology, its biology and taxonomic relationships, its vernacular names and the uses made of it by humankind. It achieves all this in only 1,040 pages by resorting to a botanical shorthand that's compressed but never cryptic."
Country Life

"[...] this is a plant dictionary of a different sort, written for botanists, horticulturalists, ecologists and writers, and listing everything you could possibly need to know about plants."
The Professional Gardener

"This book is in a class of its own. [...] this has long been, and still is, the book to have if you are interested in plants in any way. Should you want to know what family a plant genus is in, or how many species are in the genus Solanum, or what strange uses some plants are put to, this book is indispensable. [...] This book is unique. It is an indispensable resource that belongs on every plant lover's shelf, to be consulted often and to be enjoyed."
The Plantsman

"[...] a very welcome update [...]"

"[...] indispensable for anyone who is writing about plants."
The Mediterranean Garden


How to use this book and get most out of it
The dictionary
Appendix: system for arrangement of extant vascular plants
Acknowledgement of sources:
1. Floras and handbooks, websites
2. Periodicals
Abbreviations and symbols (used in this book):
1. General
2. Authors' names
New names used in this book

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Professor David Mabberley AM is an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, University of Oxford. He was consecutively Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, USA; Keeper of the Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK; and Executive Director, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Australia. He is Professor Extraordinary at Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands, Adjunct Professor, Macquarie University Sydney, and Honorary Research Associate, National Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney. He has received numerous awards for his work and the third edition of Mabberley’s Plant-Book was recognised in the American Botanical Council’s annual James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2008 and the International Association for Plant Taxonomy’s Engler Medal in Silver 2009.

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