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The Plant-Book: A Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants Hardcover – June 28, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0521414210 ISBN-10: 0521414210 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 874 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (June 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521414210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521414210
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The Plant-book is now widely established as a classic botanical work and an essential reference for any person, professional or amateur...recommended as an essential and modern reference for anyone interested in botany."
New Zealand Journal of Botany

"No one working seriously with living vascular plants should be without a copy."
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"Send your congratulations to Mabberley by purchasing a copy. It may encourage him to produce a third edition."
P. Mick Richardson, Plant Science Bulletin

"This book is an extremely valuable reference for researchers in plant biology, and perhaps even more for those in other fields involving plants. The compact format of the book adds to its value, making it a portable reference."
Neal M. Williams, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"This is first and foremost a reference for taxonomists and is a most handy and useful book for horticulturists wishing a comprehensive single volume for taxonomic inquiry. The book contains an incredible amount of information and is a credit to the perseverance and work of Dr. Mabberly."
Allan M. Armitage, HortScience

"The 858 thin (but strong) pages, the hard cover, and the small dimensions (23.5 x 12 x 3.5 cm) of this second edition make this book the true portable, practical, and most updated reference manual on today's market, and I recommend it to any person interested in plants."
Brittonia

"D.J. Mabberley and his wondrous Plant-Book...being all encompassing and indispensable, the botanical equivalent of Johnson's Dictionary"
Tim Flannery, The New York Review

Book Description

In over 20 000 entries this comprehensive dictionary provides information on every family and genus of flowering plant (including gymnosperms) plus ferns and other pteridophytes, combining taxonomic details with invaluable information on English names and uses. In this new edition each entry has been updated to take into consideration the most recent literature and over 2 500 new entries have been added, ensuring that The Plant-Book continues to rank among the most practical and authoritative botanical texts available.

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The book is hardbound in fascicles, which means the high quality binding will ensure it will last.
John H. Bair
It is also great for looking up abbreviations of botanists' names (you know, those little abbreviations at the end of the plant's scientific name).
Troy Mullens
Anybody who is involved in plants, other than the garden kind, knows full well that this is an essential reference.
P. van Rijckevorsel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. van Rijckevorsel on July 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book does not need a review. Anybody who is involved in plants, other than the garden kind, knows full well that this is an essential reference. Quite up to date too, which is pretty amazing in view of the pace that science sets. There is an enormous mass of data in here, printed on very thin paper, making for a very handy book that will fit a spot near where you need it, which is likely to be often.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a graduate student in ecology I often encounter unfamiliar genera in the literature, and a quick peek in Mabberley gives me enough taxonomic grounding to keep plowing ahead. By constantly referring to this book, I have greatly improved my knowledge of plant relationships.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Troy Mullens on July 16, 2010
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A little bit too pricey for a casual purchase, therefore I would be surprised if it ever gets less than 5 stars. I have been using this book at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) for adding collections of specimens to the herbarium at BRIT. It is generally considered the standard work and definitive answer to current plant family names. It is also great for looking up abbreviations of botanists' names (you know, those little abbreviations at the end of the plant's scientific name).

It was time to get my own copy. Essential reference and "the word" for taxonomy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this reference a few years ago. Once I received it and began using it, I wondered how I'd ever gotten along without it. The author's British and so the dictionary's common names are more often "British" than "American", but it is still the handiest plant dictionary I have. It is a little larger than pocket size, but it is still small enough to be held comfortably in one hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John H. Bair on February 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Mabberly" is a definitive resource in any botanist's library. The treatment provides information about every seed bearing plant family and genus in the world. There is often additional information regarding special domestic culture, and/or special morphological or chemical traits within a genus. This is not a picture book- it is very dense with information and great buy. The book is hardbound in fascicles, which means the high quality binding will ensure it will last. It is such a significant resource in my personal and professional life that I bought one for my home and one for the office (Ok- I'm a plant nerd).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Borris on May 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The third edition of this tome is greatly expanded and revised, and continues to be an indispensable reference for anyone working in the area of phytochemical systematics. It is a 'must have'.
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