The Names of Plants is an invaluable reference for botanists and horticulturalists. The first section gives an historical account of the significant changes in the ways that plants have been known and named. It documents the problems associated with an ever-increasing number of common names of plants, and the resolution of these problems through the introduction of International Codes for both botanical and horticultural nomenclature. It also outlines the rules to be followed when plant breeders name a new species or cultivar. The second section comprises a glossary of generic and specific plant names, and components of these, from which the reader may interpret the existing names of plants and construct new names. With explanations of the International Codes for both Botanical Nomenclature (2000) and Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (1995), this edition contains a greatly expanded glossary, which includes the Greek, Latin, or other source of each plant name.
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.