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Mabberley's Plant-book


  • 1 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 1040 pages
  • Size: 235 x 123 mm
  • Weight: 0.99 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 580.1/4
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QK11 .M29 2008
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Plants--Nomenclature
    • Plant names, Popular--Dictionaries
    • English language--Dictionaries--Latin, Medieval and modern

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521820714)

Mabberley's Plant-Book is internationally accepted as an essential reference text for anyone studying, growing or writing about plants. In over 20,000 entries this comprehensive dictionary provides information on every family and genus of seed-bearing plant (including gymnosperms) plus ferns and clubmosses, combining taxonomic details and uses with English and other vernacular names. In this new edition each entry has been updated to take into consideration the most recent literature, notably the great advances from molecular analyses, and over 1650 additional new entries (including ecologically and economically important genera of mosses) have been added, ensuring that Mabberley's Plant-Book continues to rank among the most practical and authoritative botanical texts available.

• Arranged according to the latest findings in molecular systematics • Almost 1700 new entries • Includes entries for commonly seen and used non-vascular plants such as mosses


Introduction; How to use this book; The dictionary; Appendix; Acknowledgement of sources; Abbreviations and symbols (used in this book).

Prize Winner

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009 - Winner


'The Plant-book is now widely established as a classic botanical work and an essential reference for any person, professional or amateur … recommended as an essential and modern reference for anyone interested in botany.' New Zealand Journal of Botany

'No one working seriously with living vascular plants should be without a copy.' Choice

Praise for the second edition: 'Send your congratulations to Mabberley by purchasing a copy. It may encourage him to produce a third edition.' P. Mick Richardson, Plant Science Bulletin

'This book is an extremely valuable reference for researchers in plant biology, and perhaps even more for those in other fields involving plants. The compact format of the book adds to its value, making it a portable reference.' Neal M. Williams, The Quarterly Review of Biology

'This is first and foremost a reference for taxonomists and is a most handy and useful book for horticulturists wishing a comprehensive single volume for taxonomic inquiry. The book contains an incredible amount of information and is a credit to the perseverance and work of Dr. Mabberly.' Allan M. Armitage, HortScience

'The 858 thin (but strong) pages, the hard cover, and the small dimensions (23.5 x 12 x 3.5 cm) of this second edition make this book the true portable, practical, and most updated reference manual on today's market, and I recommend it to any person interested in plants.' Brittania

'D.J. Mabberley and his wondrous Plant-Book ... being all encompassing and indispensable, the botanical equivalent of Johnson's Dictionary' Tim Flannery, The New York Review

'I am rarely without Mabberley's Plant-book. Not only my desert-island book, it's one that would actually be useful on a desert island, even if the island had nothing more to offer than the cartoonist's obligatory coconut palm. Essential kit for botanists, gardeners, and naturalists … Much more than a gazetteer of global flora, it includes the currently accepted botanical name of each genus, details of its distribution and ecology, its biology and taxonomic relationships, its vernacular names and the uses made of it by humankind. It achieves all this in only 1,040 pages by resorting to a botanical shorthand that's compressed but never cryptic.' Country Life

'this is a plant dictionary of a different sort, written for botanists, horticulturalists, ecologists and writers and listing everything you could possibly need to know about plants.' The Professional Gardener

'This book is in a class of its own. …this has long been, and still is, the book to have if you are interested in plants in any way. Should you want to know what family a plant genus is in, or how many species are in the genus Solanum, or what strange uses some plants are put to, this book is indispensable. … This book is unique. It is an indispensable resources that belongs on every plant lover's shelf, to be consulted often and to be enjoyed.' The Plantsman

'… a very welcome update on the 2nd edition … In addition to the 1650 new entries, almost all the original ones have been updated as data from newly published work has become available. Economically and ecologically important mosses are included for the first time as are the stoneworts …' Biologist

'… indispensable for anyone who is writing about plants.' The Mediterranean Garden

'A most useful book. Recommended!' Blumea

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