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The Enthusiasts Book of Gardening Latin
Proper Names & Terms Explained

Michael Streeter
Past Times
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 book.

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

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