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Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary [Paperback]

James G. Harris
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January 2001 0964022168 978-0964022164 2 Reprint
Plant identification employs an extensive and complex terminology. Professional botanists often need several years in the field to master this terminology, and it presents a daunting obstacle to the student of botany.

The meaning of most botanical terms, however, is immediately apparent when an illustration is available. That is the purpose of this volume. Plant Identification Terminology provides over nineteen hundred clear illustrations of terms used in plant identification keys and descriptions. It also includes definitions for more than twenty-seven hundred taxonomic terms.


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This book will provide a helpful aid to students and others who need to learn our taxonomic language. -- The American Society of Plant Taxonomists Newsletter, July 1994

This wonderful little gem of a book is a must-have. -- Bulletin of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Sept/Oct 1994

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Winner of the CHOICE Best Academic Books Award in its first edition, Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary has been dramatically improved. The book has been thoroughly reillustrated and includes more than 300 additional terms. The best book available on plant descriptive terminology is now even better.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The second edition July 13 2001
Format:Paperback
The second edition differs from the first mainly in a revision of the line-drawings which constitute the illustrations. In addition some entries were added and a much brighter cover was adopted.
This is a great book for quickly making sure of a not entirely familiar term. This of course is also the big limitation: there is very little background info, which makes it a pretty shallow work. The idea of shallowness is reinforced since it indeed is written purely from a phytographer's point of view: it is limited to morphology only. When I have a real question I turn to Bell's "Plant_Form" which contains much more information. As I said this is a great book for a quick check, but nothing beyond that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable tool for a field ecologist June 22 2002
Format:Paperback
I am a plant community ecologist that prides myself in knowing many of the plants in the Intermountain West. However, myself and students are always finding new plants, especially as we move into new areas. My primary plant keys are the Intermountain Flora and Plants of the Pacific Northwest. Since I only key a couple months out of the year I forget many of the terms, needing a refresher as I start back out in the spring (my students call it winter death). My students and I find this book very useful and easy to use, particarly for beginning students. It is always with us in the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this book is great for students March 14 2014
By Moirrey
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I bought this book for a plant taxonomy course. Could not recommend a better book if you are struggling to understand meanings/usage of taxonomic characters (which are crucial if you need to ID a plant). Tons of illustrations, as the book title implies, and all are very helpful. Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great rescource Oct. 7 2013
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This book is great; it has pictures for every plant taxonomy term I've come across so far, and very clear definitions. The front section is organized like a dictionary for all the words, and the back section is divided into subsections specifically for leaf and flower terminology. I would reccomend it to anyone who wants to use taxonomic keys.
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