Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners
Handbook on the Origin and Meaning of the Botanical Names of Some Cultivated PlantsBook - 1992 | 2nd rev. ed.
An erudite and entertaining compendium of the meaning and origin of botanical names. An example: nasturtium comes from the Latin for "twisted nose," due to its pungent taste. Also lists some 3,000 of the most widely accepted vernacular names, cross-indexed to the botanical appeliation. This revision and enlargement of Stearn's A Gardener's Dictionary of Plant Names (1972) offers discussions of plant classification, binomial nomenclature, and the structure and pronunciation of botanical Latin. Not illustrated. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Publisher: London : Cassell, 1992.
Edition: 2nd rev. ed.
Branch Call Number: 581.014 S799s
Characteristics: 363 p. : ill.