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Confused over the difference between stoloniferous and soboliferous? Uneasy over imparipinnate andparipinnate leaves? Is the surface hirsute or hispid? With The Cambridge Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terms, your troubles in understanding botanical terminology will evaporate within moments! The authors for decades have explained plants to colleagues and students at the Cambridge Botanical Garden. With this slim, well-illustrated book, they take their experiences and drawings and apply them to more than 2,400 terms, proving the well-worn chestnut that a picture (especially a good line drawing) is worth a thousand words (in a technical definition).
Illustrations in the main body of the book are divided into 14 logical sections, from roots, storage organs and vegetative reproduction to growth and life forms to leaves to flower structure and fruits. The drawings are original to this work and based on living materials that you might view with the naked eye, a hand lens, or a basic optical or stereo microscope. A glossary opens the book, with entries ranging from abaxial to zygotic. If you have been disappointed with most glossaries and dictionaries describing terms for vascular plants, this book will make you quickly forget all of those vexing lists of definitions without figures. A standard reference work, this book should be within arm's reach of anyone interested in deciphering botanical terminology and appreciating the complexity of plants all around us.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden