I want to learn what the scientific names of plants indicate about the plant physiology, its namer, its evolutionary relation to other plants, etc. Could you give a print or web source for looking up the meaning of plant names?
Several print references come to mind. You might be able to find these at your local library, bookstore, or on line at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
1. Borror, Donald J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. Palo Alto, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co.
2. Gledhill, David. 2002. The Names of Plants. 3d ed. Cambridge University Press.
3. Stearns, William T. 2002. Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. 2nd ed. Oregon: Timber Press.
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