The Il­lus­trated Dic­tio­nary of South­ern African Plant Names

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This A to Z dic­tio­nary will ap­peal to botanists and gar­den­ers, as well as plant lovers who want to find out how and where plants got their names. Start­ing with abelia and end­ing with zy­godon, it de­scribes the ori­gins of the generic names of nearly 5 000 in­dige­nous and ex­otic plants found in the wild and in gar­dens in South Africa. Mini bi­ogra­phies of 900 of them, some with por­traits, are in­cluded as well as short pro­files of some lead­ing South African botanists and botan­i­cal artists and im­ages of many of the plants. The six years of re­search and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the au­thors has re­sulted in this ref­er­ence book, a wor­thy fol­low-on to the late Pro­fes­sor WPU (Peter) Jack­son’s out-of-print book­let in which he de­scribes the ori­gins of only about 2 800 plant gen­era names.

Au­thors: Hugh Clarke and Michael Char­ters edited by Eu­gene Moll Pub­lisher: Ja­cana Price: R403 ISBN: 978-1-43142-443-6 Re­viewer: Mar­i­anne Alexan­der Give­away Code: PLANTS (2 copies)

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