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The Names of Plants
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Preface; The nature of the problem; The size of the problem; Towards a solution to the problem; The rules of botanical nomenclature - Family names; Generic names; Species names; Epithets commemorating people; Geographical epithets; Categories below the rank of species; Hybrids; Synonymy and illegitimacy; The international code of nomenclature for cultivated plants; Graft chimaeras; The glossary; Bibliography.

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This book is a reference for botanists and horticulturalists, including an historic account of names and a comprehensive glossary.

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'This small book holds an incredible amount of information ... a handy reference for anyone learning about plants ... Understanding the history behind the rules of nomenclature should help the professional, student, and gardener alike to comprehend why plants are named the way they are.' Horticultural Science '... I judge a book, mostly, by how much I learn from it. And I learned a lot from this one.' Systematic Botany 'A remarkably useful and interesting little book ... should be on the bookshelf of every biologist.' Biological Conservation 'The entire book is written in such a way that a person with limited botanical background can understand it, yet it does not come across as trivial or boring to the professional ... The book is excellent.' William J. Crins, The Canadian Field-Naturalist '... thoroughly recommended as a scholarly and carefully produced guide to plant names and meanings.' Countryside

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