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The A to Z of Plant Names: a Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants

Allen J. Coombes

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29 May 2012
Timber Press
312 pages - 140 x 205mm

Botanical names are essential to accurate identification of plants but many gardeners find them unwieldy and intimidating. This book aims to provide the reader with an understanding of how a plant has acquired its name, and in doing so puts the plant in context and renders its name instantly more memorable.

The language is non-technical and the aim is to demystify plant names, provide readers with interesting background information to naming, and empower gardeners everywhere to feel confident about naming plants.

• Features the most commonly grown garden plants

• Authoritative information from world-class botanist

• Up-to-date plant names

• Pronunciation guides

Allen Coombes is an experienced and highly qualified botanist who worked for the Hillier Arboretum in Hampshire, England, and is now curator of scientific collections at the University Botanic Garden in Puebla, Mexico. He is author of the bestselling Dictionary of Plant Names.

This handy gardener’s reference provides the derivation, meaning and pronunciation of the most popular and interesting garden plants. Common names and synonyms are cross-referenced to the botanical name. Names are organized alphabetically by generic name and these are followed by species, sub-species, varieties, and forms.

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