The Names of Plants

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Cambridge University Press, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 326 pages
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The Names of Plants is a handy two-part reference for the botanist and amateur gardener. The book begins by documenting the historical 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 of plant. The second part of the book comprises an alphabetical 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. For the third edition, the book has been updated to include explanations of the International Codes for both Botanical Nomenclature (2000) and Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (1995). The glossary has similarly been expanded to incorporate many more commemorative names.
  

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Contents

The nature of the problem
1
The size of the problem
6
Towards a solution to the problem
15
The rules of botanical nomenclature
25
Family names
29
Generic names
31
Species names
36
Epithets commemorating people
38
Hybrids
41
Synonymy and illegitimacy
44
The International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants
46
Graft chimaeras
52
Botanical terminology
54
The glossary
55
The glossary
58
Addendum to glossary
312

Geographical epithets
39
Categories below the rank of species
40

Common terms and phrases

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Formerly of the Department of Botany, Bristol University and Curator of Bristol University Botanic Garden.

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