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RHS Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored: More than 1,500 Essential Plant Names and the Secrets They Contain

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A struggle to read but broken up nicely by example images, features on naming themes, and features on notable botanists. Despite the serious look of these books, the information inside is really accessible and written in understandable language. No negativity, no-one criticises what some would think is an easy question, just loads of help and encouragement delivered with a smile.

I once had durian ice cream at a Thai restaurant, and it made me think of a cross between a peach and a really dirty sock. Beside history, genera and species, I want a list of vernacular names – those of the wild flowers with which we have been familiar all our lives. Secondly, even though you would think that having 3,000 plus plant names would answer most of your inquiries, I have found that (at best) I can find the name I am looking for about 40% of the time.And they aren’t so difficult to understand once you remember many words we use everyday come from Latin. Some things were obvious over my years of gardening, but this book explains the breakdown of the plant name and it is quite interesting. The book, beautifully illustrated with old woodcuts, explains how and why plants have been named, includes handy lists of identifying adjectives, and takes the reader down some of the stranger byways of human endeavour and eccentricity. He feels that ordinary gardeners can enjoy unravelling ‘meanings’ through their historical background.

Often times this is the case where the epithet is in the form of a dedication as in "leachiana," named for the botanist Lilla Leach.

Overall a very good quality service from this seller and I would not hesitate to recommend this seller. Best of all it is used globally so the confusion created by local names or foreign languages is no longer a problem. I learned the proper naming convention for plant labels, Genus (uppercase) and species (lowercase) in italics, followed by common name all in lowercase, e. However, I didn't know what the Latin names were based on so this book was fascinating in learning those details.

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