A Primer of Botanical Latin with Vocabulary
Cambridge University Press, 2013-03-21
EAN 9781107693753, ISBN10: 1107693756
Paperback, 308 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Latin is one of two acceptable languages for describing new plants, and taxonomists must be able to translate earlier texts in Latin. Providing a simple explanation of Latin grammar along with an in-depth vocabulary, this is an indispensable guide for systematic botanists worldwide. All relevant parts of speech are discussed, with accompanying examples as well as worked exercises for translating diagnoses and descriptions to and from Latin. Guidelines for forming specific epithets are also included. The authors cross-reference their grammar to Stearn's Botanical Latin and to articles in the International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants. The comprehensive vocabulary is enhanced with terms from recent glossaries for non-flowering plants - lichens, mosses, algae, fungi and ferns - making this an ideal resource for anyone looking to hone their understanding of Latin grammar and to translate botanical texts from the past 300 years.
'The classical work Botanical Latin by W. T. Stearn has been a standard reference work for nearly 50 years, but it is not a starting point for those without prior knowledge of Latin. The new book by Emma Short and Alex George is derived from classes given separately by both authors, and the informal style is reflected in the very readable text. As one reads it, one can almost hear the careful explanations being given to the classes. The past experience of the authors - one in working on major taxonomic databases at Kew and the other as a leading figure in Australian botany including being editor of the Flora of Australia - ensures a very high pedigree for the book. It will stand alongside Stearn's work as an essential tool for many botanists for years to come.' R. K. Brummitt, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew