Etymological Dictionary of Grasses
Trevor H Clifford and Peter D. Bostock
The dictionary provides explanations of the meaning and origins of generic and specific names
of grasses, one of the largest and economically most important plant families. There are about 12,500
entries, which far exceed in number those of any other dictionary in print. Most of the names published
during the past 250 years are included.
Hardcover 319 pp ISBN 9783540384328
Throughout the family, the gross morphologies of plants conform to a relatively fixed pattern, thereby
restricting the number of descriptive terms available from which to form generic or specific names.
Accordingly, many taxa and especially species have names based on usage, locality or collector.
Because it is usually easier to remember a technical name once its meaning is known, this
work should be of value to a wide audience, including ecologists, agronomists, and anthropologists.
Others interested in the history of taxonomy, but not necessarily that of grasses, will find the dictionary
a useful resource.
Written for scientists and students interested in botany, plant etymology, nomenclature,
taxonomy and history of science; horticulturalists, hobbyists, botanic gardens and herbaria
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