Did you recognize that the Jerusalem cherry doesn't develop in or close to Jerusalem? That the Spanish cedar is a local of the West Indies? That the French mulberry is neither French nor a mulberry? L. H. Bailey, during this easy advent to botanical nomenclature, finds the confusion that effects from deceptive renowned names of crops and issues out the joys and some great benefits of a valid medical technique. In a number of brief chapters, he covers almost each element of the topic of the way vegetation get their names and what these names signify.
After a gap bankruptcy that discloses the striking wealth of data that may be realized from a plant’s botanical identify, the writer discusses the paintings of Carl Linnaeus (1707-78), the nice Swedish naturalist who's “the father of botany.” there's a short heritage of the chaotic nation of the technological know-how prior to it used to be successfully systematized, with outlines of pre-Linnaean class schemes, via an entire research of the Linnaean definitions of genus and species, the foundation of recent binomial nomenclature. the next bankruptcy, on plant id, features a dialogue of herbariums and their worth to the fashionable botanist, in addition to important feedback for newbie horticulturalists on getting ready herbariums and packaging specimens to be mailed for identity reasons. successive chapters conceal the numerous principles of nomenclature and concentration upon a few present difficulties within the box. Blackberries, potatoes, roses, and the amaryllis are analyzed as 4 illustrations of components during which a lot paintings continues to be done.
The ultimate portion of the publication is bound to end up very worthy to quite a few readers. the writer defines ratings of universal Latin stems and word-endings utilized in botanical nomenclature and provides a number of vital principles of pronunciation. most vital of all, he contains a complete, 20-page checklist of widely used phrases probably to be met in horticultural literature and forty two pages of universal Latin phrases and their English botanical functions and meanings.
A infrequent blend of enthusiastic prose, good and obviously written, and medical accuracy, this is often a vital guide for gardeners, beginner botanists, and horticulturalists in addition to an excellent advent for starting scholars to an incredible a part of the botanical sciences.
“Carefully awarded treatise.” — America.
“Written with wisdom and authority, allure and eloquence and poetic mind's eye at the various facets of the author’s specialty.” — New York Times.

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