Plant Names: A Guide to Botanical Nomenclature

Plant Names: A Guide to Botanical Nomenclature

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The book is a plain English guide to the use of plant names and the conventions for writing them as governed by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature and the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. It covers the naming of wild plants, plants modified by humans, why plant names change, their pronunciation and hints to help remember them. The final section provides a detailed guide to websites and published resources. Plant Names incorporates the latest information and research in the recently published Botanical and Cultivated Plant codes in an easy to read format, and offers a definitive guide to using the myriad names, including marketing names, on plant labels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845933746
Publisher: CABI
Publication date: 03/15/2008
Series: CABI Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Roger Spencer has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, for over 30 years. He is Senior Horticultural Botanist and has written many popular and scientific articles on horticultural topics including books on elms, grey and silver foliage plants, plant names and, most recently, a 5-volume horticultural flora of South-Eastern Australia.

Table of Contents

Codes of plant nomenclature

Part 1 – Wild plants
Common names
Latin names, the binomial system and plant classification
The International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi, and Plants (ICN)
The botanical hierarchy
Name changes

Part 2 – Cultivated plants and cultigens
The International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants
Marketing names (trade designations)

Part 3 – Using plant names
Writing plant names
Remembering names
Recommended format for nursery plants labels

Part 4 – Plant name resources
Books and websites to help with plant names
Glossary and abbreviations

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