The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants

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Timber Press, 2012 - Gardening - 312 pages
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Botanical names can be baffling to even the most experienced gardener. But a plant's botanical name is more than just a handy label—it can tell a plant's country of origin, the shape of its leaves, the color of its petals, and much more.

The A to Z of Plant Names clears the confusion and allows every gardener to name plants with confidence. This comprehensive yet handy guide features the botanic names of the plants that gardeners really grow. Additional information includes suggested pronunciation, the common name, the derivation of the scientific name, the number of species currently accepted, the type of plant and the distribution.

The A to Z of Plant Names helps demystify names, provides readers with the intriguing background information to naming conventions, and empowers gardeners everywhere to feel confident about naming plants.

  

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The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants

User Review  - Frances Eaton Millhouser - Book Verdict

Coombes (coordinator, scientific collections, Univ. Botanic Garden, Puebla, Mexico; The Book of Leaves) arranges this concise dictionary of plant names alphabetically by genus and then by species ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
8
Introduction
9
Abbreviations
22
The dictionary
23
Selected bibliography
311
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Allen Coombes is an experienced and highly qualified botanist who worked for the Hillier Gardens in Hampshire, England, and is now coordinator of scientific collections at the University Botanic Garden in Puebla, Mexico. He has written widely on trees and shrubs, was a member of the Horticultural Taxonomy Group for many years, and wrote his first book on plant names in 1985.

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