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The Names of Plants Paperback – March 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0748794423 ISBN-10: 0521685532 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521685532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748794423
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The glossary is recommended for horticultural and academic libraries as well as public libraries that serve large numbers of gardeners. The greatly expanded size makes this edition useful even for libraries that have previous editions."
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"I am pleased to welcome this book into my library."
John L. Strother, Plant Science Bulletin

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An invaluable reference for botanists and horticulturalists, this book begins with an historical account of the significant changes in the ways plants have been known and named. It then provides a comprehensive glossary of generic and specific plant names, which includes the Greek, Latin, or other source of each name.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cosmobat on August 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a layman, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of every entry. However, this book seems to me to be full of information and quite well-researched. I wish the other reviewer here would give some example of the supposed inaccuracies. Perhaps the issue has arisen because etymology inevitably involves some guesswork, and is constantly being revised.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. van Rijckevorsel on May 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
It is amazing that a publisher as prestigious as the Cambridge University Press allowed this to slip through. Didn't they think to have a qualified reviewer take a look at it? A browse through this book showed one grave error after another. How can anyone pretend to deal with nomenclature and not bother to check his writings with the Codes he writes about?
There is no point in discussing the merits of this book (if it has any) since there are so many errors that disqualify this. It should never have been allowed to reach print. Anybody interested in plants had better be warned against this. Give this a miss. If you do happen see any of its contents then don't believe anything in it, without checking against a reliable source.
For less money than this there is Stearn's Dictionary_of_plant_names_for_gardeners, which is not only an honest piece of work (I have yet to find even the most minute of errors) but also offers lots and lots more information. To put it mildly: if Gledhill's book were to be edited so as to eliminate the glaring errors then still Stearn's book would be five times better.
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