By D. C. Watts

wisdom of plant names can provide perception into mostly forgotten ideals. for instance, the typical pink poppy is named "Blind guy" because of an previous superstitious trust that if the poppy have been positioned to the eyes it is going to reason blindness. Many plant names derived from superstition, folks lore, or primal ideals. different names are basically descriptive and will serve to provide an explanation for the that means of the botanical identify. for instance, Beauty-Berry is the identify given to the yank shrub that belongs to the genus Callicarpa. Callicarpa is Greek for gorgeous fruit. nonetheless different names come from literary assets supplying wealthy element of the transmission of phrases in the course of the ages.

Conceived as a part of the author's wider curiosity in plant and tree lore and ethnobotanical experiences, this totally revised variation of Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names and Their Origins comprises over 30,000 vernacular and literary English names of vegetation. Wild and cultivated crops alike are pointed out through the botanical identify. additional element presents a quick account of the that means of the identify and specified observation on universal usage.

* comprises colour photos
* together with all Latin phrases with vernacular derivatives
* the main entire advisor for plant scientists, linguists, botanists, and historians

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