Enthusiasts Book of Gardening Latin
Proper Names & Terms Explained
Distributed by Bookwise
THOSE who sweated over
Latin at school have the jump on the rest of us when it comes to
trying to remember botanical names. This is a helpful little catch-up
The introduction is a
concise explanation of plant classification and how Latin came to
be used to describe plants. The meaning of many Latin terms - for
colour and markings, habitat, shape and size and so on - are explained.
The book concludes with a glossary of plants and an explanation
of the Latin in their names.
If nothing else, Gardening
Latin could help mount a counter attack against a tedious botanical
name-dropper. Dubbing their highly prized plant "tragophyllus" (leaves
with a goat-like smell) might just stifle them.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH