Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names and Their Origins

Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names and Their Origins
Author: 
Donald C. Watts
Publisher: 
Elsevier
Publication Date: 
2000
ISBN: 
0-444-50356-0

cloth, 1,001 p., $209.50

Containing approximately 30,000 common British plant names, this dictionary defines associated plant folklore from an ethnobotanical point of view. Alphabetically organized by popular names and lacking an an index to botanical names, Elsevier's Dictionary is difficult to navigate. Some entries in this dictionary have no descriptions; while most entries have footnotes, the footnotes lack specific page citations, creating a hardship for those who wish to further investigate a given plant. Basically, this book is only useful for those familiar with common British plant names who seek folklore rather than scientific information. This tome cannot be recommended for general reference, since it seems targeted at a specific audience having very specialized knowledge of British plants.

— Leora Ornstein Siegel

Volume: 
4
Number: 
2