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Confused by the plant terms orphanidium and xanthospilus? When did Latin become the accepted language of botanical nomenclature? What rules govern plant names? Answers to these and many other questions can be found in this handy, portable guide to the maze of plant names. In two parts, David Gledhill's excellent reference work explains how and why scientific plant names came about.
Beginning with Aristotle and Theophrastus and continuing to the ongoing efforts of the General Committee on Biological Nomenclature and the Committee for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants, Mr. Gledhill provides the framework for understanding plant names. The heart of the book is its glossary, filling pages 58 through 321, from a- to Zygophyllum. This third edition is essential for anyone curious about plant names. Essential for any reference collection and strongly recommended.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden