Book Rec. for Newbie Learning Scientific Names???

julia_123(zone5/Indiana)June 28, 2005

I really want to learn the scientific names of plants, I figure that since I'm in this for the long run I want to start out right! There are lots of websites that have a database where you can find the latin names, but doesn't explain what they *mean.* I figure that if I can learn what the root words mean, it will be much easier to identify and memorize plants in the future. Are there any books that teach this in a very user-friendly way? Some of the websites are pretty intimidating. Thanks!!!

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

There's not much reason behind the names if you aren't schooled in Latin....and sometimes even if you are.
I say just start with the plants in your garden.....then branch out.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 12:03PM
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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

Julia 123 - Try this link for one book that may help you. You don't have to be an expert in Latin to understand how useful a basic knowledge of the common terms is to any gardener. Also, on-line at the Fine Gardening magazine's website is a pronunciation guide with excellent definitions, both Latin and English plant names.

Here is a link that might be useful: Latin for gardeners

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 12:29PM
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Wonderful! I will get it from the library to start. :) And I will also start with learning what I have in my own garden!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 12:39PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Hi Julia,

Here's a link to a site that may help you. It doesn't tell you what the combining forms mean, but it does give you pronunciations. Click on any word to actually hear it. But---A LOT of people have different pronunciations, so as long as people can figure out what you're looking for, don't worry about it too much. As the intro at this site says, "...if you can't remember the preferred pronunciation of a plant name, just say a chosen interpretation with conviction." I don't have it, but the book Meldy recomends looks really excellent.

Good Luck,

Here is a link that might be useful: Fine Gardening Pronunciation Guide

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 8:51PM
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