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The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names : Entries for more than 20,000 plants - Walter von Erhardt

The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names

Entries for more than 20,000 plants

Hardcover Published: 28th March 2010
ISBN: 9781604691153
Number Of Pages: 920

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The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names is the only reference available in English with the current names of thousands of plants found in gardens and the wild. Based in science and valuable to botanists, horticulturists, agronomists, and foresters who must work with plants on a daily basis, it is also useful for advanced gardeners who seek accurate and precise information on the plants they grow. Includes the English, French, and German common names for most of the 20,000 plants described. More than 10,000 synonyms are also included.

The level of detail in each entry is without parallel:

  • Type of plant
  • Life cycle
  • Geographic distribution
  • Growing habit
  • Foliage type
  • Cold-hardiness (using USDA hardiness zones)
  • Flowering time
  • Garden habitat
  • Botanical author
  • Medicinal or toxic properties
  • Cut flower use and/or decorative fruits
  • Fragrance value
  • Endangered protection under CITES
  • Vernacular name in up to three languages, with cross-references to Latin names

  • About the Editor

    Allen Coombes is a botanist in Puebla, Mexico where he is curator of scientific collections at the University Botanic Garden. He has written widely on trees and shrubs, was a member of the Horticultural Taxonomy Group, and worked for the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire, England.

    Industry Reviews

    "Useful on the desk of professional botanists, horticulturists, and dedicated gardeners as well." --American Reference Books Annual

    Foreword - 7

    I. About the Authors - 8
    1. Who was the originator of the Dictionary of Plant Names? - 8
    2. Who has revised the work? - 9
    3. Who are the current authors? - 11

    II. An Introduction to Botanical Nomenclature - 13
    1. How are botanical names formed? - 13
    2. How are botanical names pronounced? - 14
    3. How is the plant kingdom classified? - 17
    4. How are vernacular names formed? - 18
    5. What governs the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN)? - 20

    III. Cultivars - 22
    1. What principles apply for cultivar names? - 22
    2. Rules on cultivar names - 22
    3. What governs the Internation Code of the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (ICNCP)? - 23
    4. Which cultivars are classified? - 24

    IV. How to use the book - 35
    1. How is the alphabetical list structured? - 35
    2. How are the winter hardiness zones classified? - 35
    3. What symbols are used? - 36
    4. What abbreviations and technical terms are used? - 36

    V. The Zander Information System - 39
    1. What supplementary volumes are there? - 39
    2. How does the Dictionary of Plant Names differ from the Encyclopaedia of Plant Names? - 39

    VI. Abbreviations of Home Territories - 40

    VII. Systemic overview of the vascular plants - 50

    VIII. Key to alphabetical overview - 58

    IX. Alphabetical overview of genera and species - 59

    X. English vernacular plant names - 789

    XI. French plant names - 808

    XII. German plant names - 831

    XIII. Authors of plant names - 860

    XIV. Bibliography - 905

    Geographic distributions - 918

    ISBN: 9781604691153
    ISBN-10: 1604691158
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 920
    Published: 28th March 2010
    Publisher: Timber Press
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0  x 5.72
    Weight (kg): 1.02

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