Sunday, October 30, 2011

Garden Book Review: "ABC of Latin plant. The use of botanical names" (Latin etymology of plant names). By Guy De Kinder.

Garden Books: Meaning and origins of over 2000 surnames and over 2,100 species designations. Etymology or origin of scientific or Latin names of plants. Behind the Latin name Thymus vulgaris, a culinary herb and medicinal plant is a hidden world. Meaning, origin, Dutch name, use and plant family. Some plant names are also names for animals. A plant plant dictionary to learn and improve your knowledge of plants.

ABC of Latin plant. Meanings of botanical names.
Author (s): Guy De Kinder
Number of pages: 216
Published: December 2009
Execution: paperback
ISBN: 978-94 906 5400 9
NUR: 424 - Gardening
Format: A5 (HxWxD): 210 x 148 x 18 mm
Weight: 298 grams

Contents of this special garden and plant book "ABC of Latin plant. The use of botanical names."

Generalities: History, synonyms, author names, benefits of scientific names.
Agreements regarding the correct spelling of plant names. (Use of capital letters)
Meaning, origin and derivation of surnames. (Over 2000 names).
Meaning, origin or derivation (etymology) of such designations and varieties. (Over 2100 names)
Lists of native and exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
Overview of various colors in plant names.
Literature consulted.
Discussed in this plant family and explanatory dictionary of scientific names:

If the meaning of a (Latin) plant names to know, then you will usually find the answer in this book.

It explains why a plant that just renamed. (Relationship between the meaning and the Dutch plant name)

Plant Names of plants, container plants, cut flowers, perennials, vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants, medicinal herbs, arable crops, fruits (native and exotic), native plants, trees and shrubs.

For most names, the basic words in Greek and Latin, the derivation and meaning, the common Dutch names, and use the given plant family.

Short, a book for passionate plant lovers!
ABC of Latin plant. Etymological meaning of botanical plant names.

Besides a common name and a Dutch name, all plants have a scientific name in the "binary nomenclature" of Linnaeus. The scientific name is composed of a genus and a species designation.
So called ordinary quince (pear rootstock) in Latin Cydonia oblonga.
Thus, in the case of the quince, Cydonia derived from the ancient city "Kydonia" on the island of Crete, the homeland of the quince. The second name comes from the Latin oblongus oblonga and this means "with elongated" with oblong shaped fruits.

Also the wild native flora, fruit, vegetables and herbs are a lot of attention and are therefore easy to find.

Very clear explanation of the naming of plants, the significance of plant names and classification.

A detailed literature review complete this educational garden and plant books.

Excerpt from the "ABC of Latin plant":

A small piece of etymology explaining this gardening book (p. 99 and p. 119)

All such designations are quick to search alphabetically!Animal names in Latin plant names explained:
Some plants bear animal names. There was a likeness (appearance, odor) with some animals. Some parts of the plant would like to be eaten by those animals.Some scientific names of animals used in scientific names of plants often occur:= Brown bear Ursus arctosCanis lupus = wolfCapra ibex ibex =Cat = Felis catusGreylag goose Anser anser =Columba = doveCuckoo Cuculus =Rana = frogFox Vulpes =Small white butterfly Pieris rapae = (butterfly)Pyronia Tithonus = orange Meadow (butterfly)
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry =). Of uva (grape = L.) and ursinum (L = bear). The bears would love the berries. Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry)
Lupinus (Lupine =). Of Canis lupus (wolf = L.) pods hairy like a wolf, wolf bean. An inferior bean green manure and also as animal feed or forage crop was used.
Salix caprea (= water willow). From Capra / caprae (L. = Capricorn / Goat mother) eaten by goats. The plant is loved by goats.
Fritillaria uva-vulpis (= Fox Grape). Of uva (grape =) and Vulpes (L. = fox).
Lychnis flos-cuculi (True = cuckoo). Flos (L = flower); Cuculis (L = cuckoo) 1) Plant with cuckoo spit 2) The main flowering is equal to the return of the cuckoo.
Cataria Nepeta (catnip = Wild). Of Catus / cattas (= cat, cat), associated with cats. Cats are attracted by the smell. -A Nepeta (catnip Wild)
Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem =). To Ornitho / ORNIS (Gr. = bird) and Galum / gala (= milk) with milk-white flowers.
Potentilla anserina (= Cinquefoil, silverweed). Of Anser (goose = L.). The plant used to feed geese. Potentilla-a (Zilverschoon, cinquefoil)
Ranunculus (Ranunculus =). Diminutive of Rana (frog = L.) plant between the frogs, it is up to and in ditches and damp places that occurs.
Scabiosa columbaria (Dove = Herb). Columba (dove = L.) columbarium (dovecote = L), hole in one wall, storage urns.
Vaccinium (Blueberry =). 1) From vacca (cow = L.) and baccinium / bacca (berry =), berries of the cows, a kind of berry or berry that cows like to eat. 2) Old name for blueberry plants.

Snow in Latin plant names explained:

When looking up the meanings of plant names can be the discoverer, the habitat, characteristics or flowering find.
Some plants bloom in the snow and in the declaration of the botanical name to find it again.

In Latin (L.) nix means snow / nivis / nivalis.
In Greek (Gr.) means snow Chion

Some plant names which one refers to snow:

Chionanthus - Snowflakes Tree (Deciduous trees). Meaning: From Chion (Gr. = snow) and anthos (= flower), with snow-white flowers.

Chionochloa - Red brush grass, snow grass (perennials, ornamental grass). Meaning: From Chion (Gr. = snow) and chloa (= young grass or herb), snow grass.

Chionodoxa - Snow Fame (Perennial, bulbous). Of Chion (= snow) and doxa (= fame / glory), snow-fame.

Hedychium - Ginger Plant (Plant, plant odor). Of hedys (Gr. = sweet, pleasant) and Chion (= snow) plant with pure white, fragrant flowers.

Galanthus nivalis - Snowdrop (Spring flowering bulb). From nix / nivis / nivalis (L. = snow, snowy), flowering in the snow, snow.

Parodia nivosa - (Houseplant, sneeuwitte cactus with hair). Of nivalis (L. = snowy), snowy, snowy.

The Dutch name of plant names is common in snow:

Symphoricarpus albus - snowberry White. (Deciduous besheester). The words alba, album, coming from the Latin albus meaning and always white. With white flowers, leaves or other plant parts.

Who is this special garden book for?

This "explanatory dictionary of plants" is highly recommended for:

      Teachers in schools and agricultural colleges horticulture, biology teachers.

      Interested students of agricultural and horticultural schools, also to study plant, animal and environmental studies.

      Students of flower arranging and floral art direction.

      Students of environmental directions.

      Students of pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, agro-and biotechnology, ...

      Animal First Aid Training, Bach flower remedies, pharmacology, pharmaceutical industry, drug industry, ...

      Future garden, environmental and landscape architects, ...

      Anyone with the cultivation, manufacture and sale of plants do.

      Green Authors & Green journalists.

      Garden lovers who want to know more of their garden plants.

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