Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored

By Lorraine Harrison

Since Latin grew to become the normal language for plant naming within the eighteenth century, it's been intrinsically associated with botany. And whereas mastery of the classical language is probably not a prerequisite for tending perennials, all gardeners stand to profit from studying just a little Latin and its conventions within the box. with out it, they could purchase a Hellebores foetidus and be unprepared for its fetid odor, or a Potentilla reptans with the expectancy that it'll stand directly as a sentinel instead of creep alongside the ground.

An crucial addition to the gardener’s library, this colourful, totally illustrated publication information the historical past of naming crops, offers an summary of Latin naming conventions, and gives instructions for pronunciation. Readers will discover ways to establish Latin phrases that point out the provenance of a given plant and supply clues to its colour, form, body spray, flavor, habit, services, and more. 

Full of professional guideline and sensible counsel, Latin for Gardeners will let newcomers and eco-friendly thumbs alike to raised delight in the likely esoteric names in the back of the vegetation they paintings with, and to expertly communicate with fellow enthusiasts. Soon they'll become aware of that having a easy figuring out of Latin earlier than journeys to the nursery or botanic backyard is like owning a few wisdom of French ahead of touring to Paris; it enriches the entire experience.

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Even if famed for his or her aromatic natural white plants tinged with crimson, different colours also are present in the genus. J. beesianum is a deciduous climber with wonderful pinky crimson vegetation that's rather significant for the genus, starting to be as much as sixteen½ feet (5 m); it's named for the English nursery referred to as Bees Ltd. As its identify indicates, J. polyanthum is very free-flowering (polyanthus, polyantha, polyanthum, with many flowers), however it isn't absolutely hardy so wishes the safety of a sheltered As its identify implies, Jasminum grandiflorum has huge plants, that are white and intensely aromatic. website. essentially the most valuable jasmines is J. nudiflorum, the winter-flowering jasmine; its pleased yellow vegetation look earlier than the leaves. absolutely hardy, this can be an plant life are borne on naked branches. Nudiflorus, user-friendly plant with blooms that might liven up nudiflora, nudiflorum refers to vegetation on which the even a chilly and darkish nook of the backyard. crops with the epither jasmineus, jasminea, Jasminum angustifolium, wild jasmine jasmineum, or jasminoides will resemble Jasminum in a roundabout way, whereas the phrases jasminiflorus, jasminiflora, and jasminiflorum check with their plants. Gardenia jasminoides additionally is going via the names of universal gardenia and cape jasmine. Trachelospermum jasminoides has a number of universal names together with big name jasmine, chinese language jasmine, and accomplice jasmine. Solanum jasminoides is the jasmine nightshade or, much less poetically, the potato vine. 116 kam t scha t i cus ~ kur d i cus okay kamtschaticus kam-SHAY-tih-kus kamtschatica, kamtschaticum hooked up with Kamchatka, Russia, as in Sedum kamtschaticum kansuensis kan-soo-EN-sis kansuensis, kansuense From Kansu (Gansu), China, as in Malus kansuensis karataviensis kar-uh-taw-vee-EN-sis karataviensis, karataviense From the Karatau mountains, Kazakhstan, as in Allium karataviense kashmirianus kash-meer-ee-AH-nus kashmiriana, kashmirianum hooked up with Kashmir, as in Actaea kashmiriana kermesinus ker-mes-SEE-nus kermesina, kermesinum red, as in Passiflora kermesina kewensis kew-EN-sis kewensis, kewense Thunbergia kirkii, blue sky shrub From Kew Gardens, London, England, as in Primula kewensis kirkii Passiflora kermesina, bitter-gourd-shaped passionfruit KIR-kee-eye Named for Thomas Kirk (1828–98), well known botanist of recent Zealand flowers; or after his son Harry Bower Kirk (1903–1944), professor of biology on the collage of recent Zealand; or after Sir John Kirk (1832–1922), botanist and British Consul to Zanzibar, as in Coprosma × kirkii (after Thomas Kirk) kiusianus key-oo-see-AH-nus kiusiana, kiusianum hooked up with Kyushu, Japan, as in Rhododendron kiusianum koreanus kor-ee-AH-nus koreana, koreanum hooked up with Korea, as in Abies koreana kurdicus KUR-dih-kus kurdica, kurdicum pertaining to the Kurdish place of birth in western Asia, as in Astragalus kurdicus 117 L a t i n f o r G ar d eners L lacustris lah-KUS-tris labiatus la-bee-AH-tus ladanifera, ladaniferum labiata, labiatum Lipped, as in Cattleya labiata labilis LAH-bih-lis labilis, labile Slippery; risky, as in Celtis labilis labiosus lab-ee-OH-sus labiosa, labiosum lacustris, lacustre with regards to lakes, as in Iris lacustris ladaniferus lad-an-IH-fer-us ladanifer lad-an-EE-fer generating ladanum, a aromatic gum resin, as in Cistus ladanifer laetevirens lay-tee-VY-renz shiny eco-friendly, as in Parthenocissus laetevirens laetiflorus lay-tee-FLOR-us laetiflora, laetiflorum With vivid flora, as in Helianthus × laetiflorus Lipped, as in Besleria labiosa laburnifolius luh-ber-nih-FOH-lee-us laburnifolia, laburnifolium L a t i n i n A c t i o n With leaves like Laburnum, as in Crotalaria laburnifolia lacerus LASS-er-us lacera, lacerum lower into fringelike sections, as in Costus lacerus a truly hardy deciduous ecu tree or shrub that has splendidly sweet-smelling plants in may possibly.

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