"This welcome volume lists some 6,000 Greek and Latin words commonly encountered as generic and specific names of cultivated plants....The author is perhaps the world authority on the subject of botanical names, and the work has a resulting scholarly air, but this is leavened by tidbits of humorous natural and human history. As a result, the volume is almost readable by itself and not just a reference book....Recommended for almost any collection used by enthusiastic gardeners and plant lovers."-- "ARBA. "Invaluable...."-- "TAXON. 384 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4.
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In this book Stearn gives the meaning and origin of some 6000 botanical names, selecting those most likely to be encountered by gardeners and horticulturists. Also listed are 3000 of the most widely accepted vernacular names, cross-indexed to their correct scientific names, an invaluable reference for gardeners, writers, and historians. No other single source provides so much etymological information for the gardener, the result of years of scholarship and original research by the distinguished author.About the Author :
William Stearn ((1911-2001) was librarian of the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library, senior principal scientific officer in the Department of Botany at the Natural History Museum and visiting professor in the Department of Botany and Agricultural Botany, University of Reading. In 2000 he was awarded the Asa Gray Award, the highest award of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.
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Description du livre Cassell, 1996. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110304347825